Virgil van Dijk picks his best team of five in world football

Virgil van Dijk is undoubtedly the best central defender in the world right now.

That Liverpool Star’s return from a horrific injury only did more to emphasize how good he is as he hit the ground looking like he’d never been out.

Van Dijk is a crucial cog in the Liverpool machine and is undoubtedly one of the first names on the squad sheet when Jurgen Klopp sits down to choose his side.

There would have been a collective sigh of relief in the Merseyside red half as it became clear that van Dijk would be fit for what was to come Champions League Final with Liverpool looking to clinch their seventh title.

Liverpool without Van Dijk are a whole different beast.

So you can hardly blame the man when, in a recent conversation with Rio Ferdinand, he chose to be in a five-man team made up of the best players in the world at the moment.

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Virgil van Dijk’s 5v5 team

Alison

In goal, Van Dijk kept things close by playing alongside Liverpool team-mate Alisson.

Alisson shared the Premier League Golden Glove with Ederson after a season that saw him return to his prime.

Virgil van Dijk

While choosing in such a team often leaves a sour taste in the mouth of some fans, there is no denying that Van Dijk had no choice but to choose himself.

If he can help Liverpool win the Champions League on Saturday night then his choice is even more justified.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne is another non-negotiable player after the season he’s just had.

There’s a reason the Belgian was named Premier League Player of the Season – the man continues to push the boundaries in Manchester City colors

Kylian Mbappe

Van Dijk has opted for Mbappe’s pace and cunning after the Frenchman confirmed he will stay at PSG.

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid’s talisman is one of the leading contenders for the Ballon d’Or and has always been chosen.

He has the ability to turn any game upside down and will be Liverpool’s chief tormentor in Paris on Saturday night.

It’s not often that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi miss out on this type of team, but maybe it’s a sign of changing times.

It’s hard to say that both have been at their best this season and there’s no room for sentimentality on something like this.

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