Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been hailed as ‘world class’ by former Tottenham ace Darren Bent. 

The 29-year-old has seemingly returned to peak form following a serious knee injury that ruled the Dutchman out for the majority of the 2020/21 campaign. 

Having made a steady start to the new season, Van Dijk is now operating at an elite level once more. 

Discussing the best players right now on talkSPORT (March 29, 9.50am), Bent, Ally McCoist and show host Laura Woods debated a number of Reds. 

We throw around the world-class tag way too easy these days. How many world-class players are there in the Premier League? Van Dijk is a world-class defender, he is the best in the world. 

Bent also added Mohamed Salah and Alisson to the list whilst McCoist went on to hail Andy Robertson as a ‘top international class’ left-back.


Well, Van Dijk’s inclusion in the very highest echelons is a no brainer. 

Not only has the Dutchman transformed Jurgen Klopp’s side from nearly men to serial winners, but he is threatening to achieve even greater heights this season.

Many Kopites will argue a case for each and every member of the current squad to be branded world-class in their own right. 

However, those previously mentioned alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Sadio Mane would all have a serious case to put forwards.

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