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​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.

The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.

Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.

And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip's quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.

He said to his club's official website: "We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!

"We need everyone, that's the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.

"In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I'm very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.

"We have to all keep it going, that's the only way forward."

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