Virgil van Dijk
After coming close to dying from appendicitis and a kidney infection as a 20-year-old at Groningen - and after being rejected by Ajax - he had successful spells at Celtic and Southampton. Identified by Jurgen Klopp as the man to build Liverpool's defence around and a £75 million world-record fee for a defender was justified as he won the Champions League and UEFA player of the year award in 2019. Captained Holland to the final of the Nations League in 2019.
Liverpool rock Virgil van Dijk appeared on Rio Ferdinand’s Between The Lines to tell the BT Sport pundit his best-ever defenders, with some surprising inclusions
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