Virgil van Dijk names Man City player who would have pushed Liverpool ‘even further’

The Liverpool centre-back was speaking on Gary Neville’s Overlap.

Virgil van Dijk has named the Manchester City star who, in his opinion, could have pushed Liverpool ‘even further’.

The Dutch centre-back was speaking to Gary Neville on his show The Overlap and was quizzed on which opposition player he would have most liked to line up alongside at Anfield.

“Someone that I’ve never played with before but would love at Liverpool is Kevin De Bruyne,” he responded. "He’s unbelievable, and if he would’ve played at Liverpool, we would’ve gone even further than what we have done.

"He’s outstanding, good on the ball, he presses high, scores plenty of goals and has every attribute of a modern-day midfielder and footballer in general."

De Bruyne and Van Dijk have, of course, been on opposite sides of Liverpool and City’s enduring rivalry in recent years and are seen as talismanic figures at their respective clubs. Another key player for City is Erling Haaland, a player Van Dijk said during the Overlap ‘has everything’.

The former Southampton man is seen as one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever centre-back and was asked about Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez. The Argentinian has impressed this season despite questions being raised about his height, something Van Dijk immediately dismissed.

“People talking about Lisandro Martínez and his height are talking absolute rubbish. It can help as a centre-back if you’re a bit taller, but what he’s done since coming to the Premier League has been good,” he said.

“He’s a good signing for Manchester United, he’s good on the ball, he’s very passionate, so I can only speak positively about him. I have respect for what he’s achieved so far, and I hope he does well at United, but that he doesn’t get successful there with winning trophies. In England, everyone loves criticising players about everything, but that’s fine because you can’t change it.”