- The former Red was asked who does he think is the one player who Liverpool cannot afford to lose.
- Owen replied by naming Virgil van Dijk.
- The ex-striker said that although there are many brilliant players at Liverpool, no one is more important than the Dutch defender.
The towering centre-back has helped transform Liverpool's defence into one of the best in the world - and former Red Michael Owen believes that he is the one player which the club cannot afford to lose.
Speaking to ESPN, the striker said: "Who's the most important player? The front three get a lot of headlines of course. The two full-backs get a lot of headlines, they're amazing.
"Probably the area of the pitch that gets the least headlines is the midfield, the three midfielders.
"But a lot of people are now starting to think that Jordan Henderson has such a huge influence on that team and I'd have to agree with that.
"But if you asked me what player, what one player Liverpool are probably most dependent on that they wouldn't want out for a full season, I would probably say Virgil van Dijk."
Since Van Dijk arrived at Anfield, he has won the PFA Player of the Year Award, the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award, and he missed out on the Ballon d'Or by a whisker to Lionel Messi.
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