​Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has named his toughest opponent he has played against, and has also shed light on who he believes is the best player he has had the pleasure to play alongside. 

The Dutch international has been nothing short of phenomenal in his time at Anfield, becoming one of the best players in world football. This is, of course, reaffirmed by the fact that he has become the favourite to claim the Ballon d'Or. 

His performances led the Reds to an incredible 97-point haul in the Premier League and Champions League glory last season, and the towering centre-back is now set to be ​rewarded with a new contract which will see him double his current wages. 


​Liverpool have won their first two games of the new league campaign, but the Merseyside club will face a sterner test when they take on Arsenal on Saturday. Prior to the game, Van Dijk held a fascinating ​interview with talkSPORT, in which he was asked about a whole host of topics.

Most intriguingly, when asked about the greatest player he has played with, he replied: "I’m going to be a little bit biased and say one of my team-mates; I would say ​Roberto Firmino."

Of course, there is no disputing the talent of Firmino, but both Sadio Mane and ​Mohamed Salah have tended to grab the headlines at Liverpool more than the Brazilian.

Virgil van Dijk,Roberto Firmino

The defender was also asked about the most difficult striker to mark in the Premier League, replying: "Sergio Aguero."

There has been a vast array of world class strikers to play in the Premier League since the Dutchman joined Southampton back in 2015, but Aguero is undoubtedly one of the best strikers to grace the Premier League. 

In the interview, the number four was also asked about the greatest game that he's played in and the greatest match that he's watched, saying: "The Barcelona game. [Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona in last season’s Champions League semi-final]"

Jurgen Klopp,Mohamed Salah,Virgil van Dijk

As for the greatest game he's watched, the 28-year-old gave a clever response: "I watched the Barcelona game back."

Van Dijk showed his love and passion for Liverpool when revealing that Liverpool's kit is the best that he's worn, while also insisting that Anfield has the best atmosphere and is the best stadium in general. His greatest managers? Jurgen Klopp and Ronald Koeman, which is little surprise as he is coached by both.