Van Dijk gets John Terry's 'best defender of all time' challenge


Former Chelsea skipper John Terry is not conviced Virgil van Dijk is among world's best defenders yet

John Terry gives Virgil van Dijk task to complete to be among best defenders ever

Former Chelsea defender John Terry has tasked Virgil Van Dijk with adding longevity to his game if he wants to be regarded as one of the best defenders of all time once his playing days are over.

The Liverpool defender has been a revelation since he moved to Anfield for a then world-record fee for a defender back in January 2018, having helped Jurgen Klopp's men win six trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League, during the four-and-a-half-year period since.

And because of how easy the 31-year-old makes elite-level defending look, in recent years there have been continuous comparisons from fans and pundits likening Van Dijk to some of the Premier League greats such as Vincent Kompany, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Jaap Stam.

However, Terry believes that despite the supreme quality the Liverpool defender has displayed since his move from the South Coast, Van Dijk must continue to perform at the upper echelons of the game for at least "10/15 years" to be considered among the best central defenders ever.

While taking part in an Instagram Q and A over the weekend, the former Chelsea and England captain said:

"Yes, I do," said Terry. when asked if 'Van Dijk has the potential to be the best CB ever?'

Terry added: "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."

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