The Premier League has seen many fine centre-backs over the past decade but Vincent Kompany and Virgil van Dijk were both labelled the best of the lot by Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
Van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool since his arrival in 2018, with Carragher saying the Netherlands international could become the greatest ever centre-back to play in the top flight.
“When he finishes at Liverpool, I think he will be No 1,” Carragher said.
It means both left out John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, all of whom are Premier League greats but were better in the 2000s than the 2010s.
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However, Chelsea icon Terry hasn’t reacted well to his exclusion.
John Terry reacts to snub
Terry posted a message on Carragher’s Instagram, where he posted an image of his team, listing all of his credentials this decade.
Terry wrote: “🤔🤔🤔 09/10 🏆 14/15 🏆 played every minute of every game! Only the 5th player EVER to do that! 16/17 🏆”
The Blues legend is referencing the three Premier League titles he won at Stamford Bridge in the 2010s.
Terry’s exclusion sparked a reaction on social media, with fans making the case for the 38-year-old.
GIVEMESPORT’s Scott Wilson says
Terry’s frustrations are understandable, especially considering the fact that Van Dijk hasn’t won the Premier League with Liverpool.
But the Dutch centre-back has played at a higher level in the past two years than Terry ever reached in the past decade and so for that reason, I too would stick with Van Dijk.
Terry is a Premier League legend and would almost certainly make the Team of the Decade for the 2000s, but Van Dijk and Kompany have both been better in the past 10 years.News Now - Sport News