In what could be one of the most debatable statements of the year, Vincent Kompany has boldly claimed that Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is the best defender ever to play in the Premier League. In present terms, that statement could be very valid but in a league that has seen the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to mention a few is simply too much of a claim.

And while there have been players that have dominated for longer periods of time, Kompany says there are none that have changed a team quite like Van Dijk who, for Kompany’s money, is the best centre-back the league has ever seen.

Ahead of his testimonial, the Anderlecht player-manager Van Dijk was quoted as saying (via TheSun):

“I never to try to compare.

“My journey is different, I’ve had to deal with different tools and for me not to play this game, let’s not escape the irony.

“So I’ve had to deal with that and I’ve tried to be substantial for my team.

“I would bring it back to Virgil van Dijk, he’s not been on the scene as long as Terry and Ferdinand who have been around for a long time but the signs he’s shown in the last years.

“He’s shown if he had been around longer he’d have been at the top for a long time.

“The Liverpool before Van Dijk and after are a completely different set up. I’ll give him that one.”

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