Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the interesting thing about Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk is that he can get even better.
The Reds star is widely regarded as the finest defender in world football, yet the Frenchman feels that he can still do more – despite claiming he has a lack of weaknesses.
“What is interesting with him: you feel there is even more in him than what he does,” he told beIN SPORTS. “Sometimes you feel: come on.
“He is very good in one against one. It’s difficult to find a weak point in his game.”
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) September 10, 2019
Now this is an interesting take from Wenger, isn’t it? It’s strange to think that there is more to come from a player who is typically thought of as the best in the world at his position. With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, probably the two greatest players in the history of world football, you kind of think that, at 32 and 34 years of age respectively, their best days are now over. Even still, they will likely be the best players in the world for a couple more years yet. But with Van Dijk, he’s just 28, meaning that he can still hit even greater heights than he has done already at Liverpool. He’s probably only now entering his time, so perhaps there is something in what Wenger says. However, his claim that you watch Van Dijk and think ‘come on’ is a bit strange. Personally I don’t think I’ve ever watched Van Dijk and thought ‘oh, he’s got to do better than that’. The former Southampton man is so imperious at centre back that perhaps it looks like he’s not trying his hardest, but that’s surely not the case.