Virgil van Dijk has been a revelation at Liverpool.
Signed from Southampton earlier this year for £75 million, the Dutch centre-back has helped transform what was a shaky Liverpool defence, to one of the best in the Premier League.
He has been earning widespread praise for his performances, including from Jamie Carragher, who brandished him one of the Premier League's best players.
"Van Dijk is the best defender in English football. Only Aymeric Laporte's form at Manchester City is reaching similar levels," he told the Telegraph, per the Daily Express.
"Never mind his position, he has risen to become one of the best in the Premier League, full stop. I would rank him with David Silva, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and Salah.
"Early as we are in the season, Van Dijk will be challenging the familiar names for the player-of-the-year awards come May.
"I have been reluctant to go as far as saying Van Dijk is the best defender in the world, given Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have won a World Cup and numerous Champions Leagues.
"What I would say is this: at this moment, I would not swap Van Dijk for any other centre-back."
However, Van Dijk is not your traditional defender.
The Dutch centre-back is also more than capable with the ball at his feet. He even takes a mean free-kick.
And Van Dijk proved once again that he is no ordinary centre-back with a quite extraordinary bit of control in a video that he posted on his Instagram.
One of his colleagues hoofed a ball way up in the air, but Van Dijk showed instant control as he brought it down with ease.
Watch the moment below:
Wow. It's fair to say that not many defenders can do that in world football, if any.
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