Virgil van Dijk has been asked to name his dream Premier League five-a-side team.
But there was a catch – the PFA Player of the Year wasn’t allowed to name a single Liverpool player.
During an interview with Premier League Productions, Van Dijk was put on the spot and named three Manchester City players – as well as a Tottenham star and an Arsenal star.
Of course, if the Dutchman was able to name Liverpool players, the chances are he would have gone for the likes of Alisson, himself, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
But without being able to call upon them, who did he go for?
Let’s take a look:
“I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I think this season there have been more better goalkeepers than we have seen maybe in the past, but I think Ederson is the best of the rest – I think Alisson is still number one, that’s my feeling.”
Defender: Aymeric Laporte
“He’s been showing how important he is for their team and I think he’s an outstanding defender. I think he’s a very, very, very good defender, so that’s why I pick him.”
Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne
“It looks like it’s only City players! But Kevin De Bruyne, you don’t need to say too much about him. I think Kevin is a good guy first of all but he’s an outstanding player. You see things differently and yeah, respect only. He’s a fantastic player.”
Midfielder: Son Heung-min
“He’s quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him.”
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“Based on what he has done throughout the season. Together Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic striking duo. I could also put Aguero in but I think he’s a good striker and I think the numbers have showed that as well since he arrived.”
Not a bad five-a-side team, that.
Imagine facing that side down at your local five-a-side pitches. You wouldn’t stand a chance!
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