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'I Always Say' - Former Chelsea Star John Terry Reveals How Liverpool Defender Can Go Down As A Great

Chris Stonadge

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'I Always Say' - Former Chelsea Star John Terry Reveals How Liverpool Defender Can Go Down As A Great

John Terry has earmarked the one attribute Virgil van Dijk lacks in order to be considered as one of the Premier League’s all-time top defenders.

The Dutchman, who joined Liverpool for £75m from Southampton, returned from a damaging anterior cruciate ligament injury to play more than any other outfield player for the Reds last season.

He’s won six trophies under Jurgen Klopp, including the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and the domestic double last season.

Terry, whose last position was as a staff member at Aston Villa, has caused stirs on social media with several controversial opinions.

And speaking to HITC, the ex-Chelsea defender believes ‘VVD’ can’t be considered as one of the greats yet because of his lack of time at the top.

"Yes, I do. I always say to be regarded as the very best, longevity is key.

“He has been outstanding for the last 3/4 years. But to be the very best, you need to be at the very top for 10/15 years.”

It is a very valid point made by the 2012 Champions League winner, who can be considered one of the greatest to ever play in the English top flight.

But in an era where centre-backs are becoming elite footballers, Van Dijk tops the lot, and could likely play in any era of football. 

Terry himself featured 492 times for the Londoners between 1997 and 2017 and is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League era.

He boasts the record for most goals from a defender in the league and was a five-time league winner as well.

Van Dijk has featured 181 times for the Reds, notching 16 goals.

He’s won nine honours as a player, been to three Champions League finals and is continually adding to his ever-growing legacy as a Premier League legend.

He is expected to play a major role in Liverpool's upcoming campaign.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: John Terry, Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool

Chris Stonadge
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