Kompany: Van Dijk is next level

Virgil Van Dijk, on the other hand, is arguably the best defender in the world considering how he has been able to stand tall in Liverpool defence since he joined from Southampton. However, in the end, he chose to ply his trade alongside Jurgen Klopp.

Van Dijk believes that these last two months could be a sneak preview of the sensation players feel after retirement, a milestone he is hoping not to face for some time yet.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has admitted his sensational football career almost ended before it started in his native Holland, saying "I was not good enough at all" during his early years at Willem II.

"Celtic is a massive club - people still underestimate how big it is - with European football and I spent two fantastic seasons there".

But the Belgium global snubbed the likes of United legend Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea legend John Terry in favour of naming Van Dijk as the league's all-time best defender.

"It's a weird one because he hasn't been on the scene for as long as these names we mentioned - John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, these guys were there for a long, long time".

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"But the signs he has showed in his last few years just make it so obvious that if he would have been at the top level before that he would have already gone further as well".

'I was playing regularly, captained the U18s and at that time I was disappointed not to make my first-team debut for Willem II.

Van Dijk has admitted that he was nearly cut from the Willem II academy as a youngster before a growth spurt helped him reach his full potential. "That is why I choose him as the best defender from the Premier League ever". Manchester City, eager to establish themselves as English football's premier dominant force and running away with the league at the time, were widely reported to have made him their top target the summer before his eventual Anfield move, as well as for the subsequent winter transfer window.

The Dutchman has now revealed why he chose to play under Klopp rather than Pep Guardiola and it was nothing short of being a meticulous decision.

"The city, the fans everything has got to be big part of joining a club".

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