Virgil van Dijk has been hailed as the world’s best defender by Liverpool team-mate Andy Robertson.
“He makes my life easier, that’s for sure,” said the Scotland captain. “To have him next to me, it makes everything so much easier. When somebody is running at you, you know Virgil is inside because he’s rarely out of position, if ever.
“For me, he’s the best centre-back just now in the world, down to the way he’s playing and the confidence he’s got. And he’s still young enough that he can get even better. He works hard every day.”
Robertson claims this is an area where the Dutchman knows he can improve, as his double only took his goals tally for the season to three.
“Probably the only disappointment for him is that he hasn’t chipped in with enough goals,” said the left-back.
“For the size of him, he’s a threat in both boxes and he scored two fantastic headers. But, more importantly, defensively he was sound.”