Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk compared to Manchester United legend by Wilfried Zaha

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Virgil van Dijk has been compared to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand by Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. The Liverpool star is currently injured and Jurgen Klopp has opened up over transfer plans this January.

Crystal Palace star Zaha has told Jamie Carragher that Van Dijk reminds him of United legend Ferdinand.

The Dutchman joined Liverpool in January 2018 and has made a tremendous impact, with the club going from challengers to champions.

Within months, they reached the Champions League final – which they lost to Real Madrid – but they were back the following year to win the trophy against Tottenham.

And the season after that, Liverpool had won the Premier League – their first league title in 30 years.

In all three years, Van Dijk has been touted as one of, if not, the best centre-backs in the world.

And Zaha is a huge fan, confessing to Carragher that he believes he is much like United legend Ferdinand.

“He’s fast, calm, strong. He’s got everything,” the Ivory Coast international said.

“Obviously Rio [Ferdinand] was just composed to the next level, but I feel like Virgil has everything down to a tee.

“Like to the point where he can muck about when a ball comes over the top and flick it around the striker and stuff and he’s fast enough to get back on to it.

“I don’t look into defender’s games as much as when I play against him.

“When we play against Liverpool it’s like, how am I going to get around this guy?”

Van Dijk is currently sidelined for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Everton in October.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also out, the January transfer window posed a potential solution but Jurgen Klopp has insisted they are not looking for short-term fixes.

He said: “I cannot say definitely we will not bring one in but it is just not likely because of the situation in the world.

“If the world would be in a normal place, everything would be fine: we won the league, won the Champions League, the club is in the best possible situation and then you have three senior centre-halves injured, is that a situation when you would usually do something?

“Yes, definitely, but we are not in that situation. I don’t know if something will happen or not.

“You maybe could do something but it would be a short-term solution and we don’t have that short-term solution and that is not right because it doesn’t help.”

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