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Vincent Kompany Names His Pick For The Greatest Premier League Defender In History

Vincent Kompany Names His Pick For The Greatest Premier League Defender In History

Vincent Kompany claims that Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is the best Premier League defender in history ahead of himself or even Manchester United legends.

The 34-year-old Belgian defender enjoyed a prolific career at Manchester City as he captured four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

Kompany, who left City last summer, is placed in the conversation for one of the best Premier League defenders of all time.

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But the Belgium international snubbed the likes of United legend Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea legend John Terry in favour of naming Van Dijk as the league's all-time best defender.

"I would choose Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in Premier League history," Kompany told Sporf.

"It is a strange choice because he is not in the scene as long as boys like Terry and Ferdinand. Those boys have played in the league for a very long time.

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"He makes a huge difference to his team. A defender never stands alone, it is about his communication with teammates and how you make your team stronger.

"The Liverpool before Van Dijk was there and the Liverpool after Van Dijk was a completely different team."

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And the 28-year-old Dutch centre-back has become an integral presence in Liverpool's back four and helped his side lift the Champions League title last year.

Van Dijk, who has continued his strong showing for Liverpool this season in their Premier League title challenge, was also named the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2019.

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The former Southampton and Celtic defender's fine exploits last season also secured him a second-place finish for the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, REds, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Vincent Kompany

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]