Virgil van Dijk had already been hailed as one of the best in the world by Ferdinand as he told his podcast last month: “When he’s in good shape, in the last two years I think [Van Dijk’s] been the go-to guy.
“He’s had the biggest impact on a team, I think, in terms of center-backs in the last three years probably. “
Now he has been named the league’s ‘best center-back’ with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger receiving the applause.
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The Germany international has started all of the London club’s games so far this season and he scored in their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“Since Tuchel arrived, I think he’s arguably the best center-back,” he told his podcast. Vibe with five . “I think he and [Ruben] Dias would have been close but the effect he had on his team was immense.
“Under Franck [Lampard] , it was obvious that he was not Frank’s cup of tea. He didn’t really like her. There were rumors that they were trying to put it on the market to be sold.
“In Germany he has always been very popular. But when the manager isn’t rating you and you can feel it, I don’t care who you are, your self-confidence takes a hit and it’s hard to perform at that level. “
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The 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Chelsea and has yet to agree to new terms to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
He joined AS Roma in 2017 for an initial £ 29million on a five-year contract, but could be available on a free transfer next summer with European clubs in the circle.
Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk has returned to Liverpool’s starting lineup this season after a lengthy injury that caused him to miss the majority of the previous campaign.
Manchester City defender Ruben Dias has also been overlooked by Ferdinand despite being voted Premier League player of the season last season.