Manager of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has lauded Virgil Van Djik in a speech as the ‘best defender in the world’ following the player’s award for the 2018-19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
The Centre-back was also acknowledged as the UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season at the ceremony yesterday as Klopp regarded the award as a unity- driven one by the whole team through a collective effort.
“I’m so happy for him; I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize. It’s a prize for all of us but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big.
“It’s really rare for a defender. It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football. Yes, we all love goals—we want to score them and see them—but more and more and more people get excited about defending”
“Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely.”
Van Dijk has added to the history list as the first Defender to win that award.