Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team
Virgil van Dijk has named his fantasy Premier League five-a-side team but the Liverpool defender wasn't allowed to pick any of his teammates.
If you were picking aa football team made out of the players in the Premier League Van Dijk would be an early pick for most people.
The Dutchman would most likely be in contention with his table topping teammates for first pick but choosing his own fantasy side, for Premier League productions via the Liverpool website, the former Saint wasn't allowed to pick any Reds' players.
Van Dijk picked a 1-2-1 formation with Manchester City's Ederson in goal with teammate Aymeric Laporte in front of him in defence. A third City representative Kevin de Bruyne is paired with Son Heung-min in midfielder and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes up the team.
Speaking about his choice in goal the 28-year-old said, "I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I think this season there have been more better goalkeepers than we have seen maybe in the past, but I think Ederson is the best of the rest - I think Alisson is still number one, that's my feeling."
On Laporte he said, "He's been showing how important he is for their team and I think he's an outstanding defender. I think he's a very, very, very good defender, so that's why I pick him."
The Frenchman's injury early in the season saw him miss 26 games for Pep Guardiola's team, who were unable to replace his quality with their other defensive options, proving how important he is to the team.
Speaking about his midfielders Van Dijk added, "Kevin De Bruyne, you don't need to say too much about him. I think Kevin is a good guy first of all but he's an outstanding player. You see things differently and yeah, respect only. He's a fantastic player.
"He's quick, he's strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing - right foot, left foot - is just outstanding so I think I would pick him."
Aubameyang's goal tally this season is only surpassed by Jamie Vardy in the league and there's no telling where Arsenal would be without him.
The Gunners may find out with his deal due to expire at the end of next season. Speaking about his striker choice the former Celtic defender added, "Based on what he has done throughout the season. Together Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic striking duo. I could also put Aguero in but I think he's a good striker and I think the numbers have showed that as well since he arrived."
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