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​Ferdinand lauds Liverpool defender van Dijk as world's best

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The Reds won their first league title in 30 years, lifting the Premier League after a remarkable season.

They finished 99 points and won the league at a canter, and Ferdinand believes Van Dijk is a key reason for the team's success.

Liverpool kept 15 clean sheets in the league this season.

Speaking on the Beautiful Game Podcast, Ferdinand said: "I love him. I think he's the best in the world right now.

"He's undoubtedly a top player but I think he's not fighting against the depth of other central defenders that was in my era.

"If we were talking about top drawer centre-halves, I could name five, six, seven, eight, nine in my era, whereas I don't think I could fill my whole hand in this era.

"And that's no disrespect [to the current defenders] but we're talking about top players here.

"Though I think in any era, he looks like a top player."

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