Former center-back Rio Ferdinand insists he is impressed with Virgil Van Dijk ‘s talent, but if he has to choose a player to play next to in the defense, it must be Nemanja Vidic.
Ferdinand chose to be alongside Vidic despite his appreciation
During a social networking session, a fan asked Rio Ferdinand about whom he wanted to stand in defense. The former England center-back replied: “Van Dijk is excellent or Vidic is excellent? That’s a good question. I have to choose Vidic because he is my partner. He supports me and vice versa.”
Goal quoted former Man Utd player thinks Van Dijk is the best defender in the world right now, certainly. He wants to see Van Dijk play in our stage to see how talented he can be. It would be interesting if that. Dijk is a top-class player.
While wearing the “Red Devils” under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand and Vidic formed a steel center-back, helping the club to win 5 Premier League titles and 1 Champions League crown.
Meanwhile, since moving to Liverpool from Southampton in 2018, Van Dijk has made great strides in his career, helping Anfield home team to win the Champions League last season. He is also the runner-up in the 2019 gold ball race, just below Lionel Messi.
Recently, former player Frank Leboeuf also voiced Van Dijk at a different level than Vidic. He thinks the Dutch center-back is more comprehensive and has the ability to raise the team.
Liverpool is only 2 wins away from the Premier League title. However, due to the impact of the epidemic, the top European national championships have been declared adjourned.
‘Van Dijk is on a different level than Vidic’.
Former player Frank Leboeuf made his own assessment of two of the top center-back Premier League history.
“I really like Nemanja Vidic. He is a great defender. However, Van Dijk has the ability to raise a team. I don’t think Vidic can do this,” Frank Leboeuf told ESPN.
“Although he honors Vidic, I assume Van Dijk is still at a distinct level. He is the more complete center-back,” the former Chelsea player added.
Vidic is considered one of the best central defenders in the Premier League history. The Serbian player, along with teammate Rio Ferdinand, formed a “steel wall” that brought Man Utd to conquer many titles, notably 5 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League.
Recent seasons have seen the rise of Van Dijk. After Sergio Ramos, Pique, the Liverpool player is one of the few center-backs in the world-class ranks. He has won the Champions League and is now looking forward to his first Premier League title with Liverpool.
After the meeting of UEFA with its member associations yesterday (March 17), Van Dijk and his teammates were able to continue to play in the Premier League. European Football Federation president, Aleksander Ceferin ordered the league to be completed by the end of June.
Liverpool is currently only two games away from the first Premier League title in club history. The next two rivals of “The Kop” are Everton and Crystal Palace respectively.
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