- James Milner claims both Vincent Kompany and Virgil van Dijk are massive players.
- The Belgian struggled with injuries more than anyone else but he always remained an unbelievable defender and a true leader.
- The former City centre-back also could strike the ball well.
- The Dutch stalwart doesn't make tackles as he is always in the right spot to move the ball away.
- Besides, his long-range passing is sensational.
"They are massive players," the 34-year-old told Sky Sports. "You always look at the spine of a successful team and it starts right through the middle with the leaders at the back and how important defending is.
"Vinny - unbelievable player. How he went about his business, he struggled with injuries but the amount of injuries you saw him play through as well which nobody would have ever known, was incredible.
"He would put his head on the line. An unbelievable leader, a great captain with so many great qualities on that side, and rightly so, one of the greatest defenders to play in the Premier League.
"Virgil is probably a bit different to that. Maybe a bit more of a Rolls Royce, if you like, and he doesn't seem to make too many tackles. He gets in the right spot and moves the ball away.
"Maybe he's got a few more diagonals in his locker than Vinny had, although Vinny did have that as well. And Vinny had the greatest ball strike, I suppose, when he lashed one into the top corner! So, he could strike a ball alright as well."
Van Dijk is a Rolls Royce indeed. He has been incredible after arriving at Liverpool from Southampton for a reported fee of £75m in December 2017. The centre-back has made 113 appearances for the Reds, scored 11 goals, provided 6 assists and has proven to be an absolute beast defensively.
The Dutch stalwart has been key for Liverpool's Champions League triumph and sensational Premier League run. Big Virg has helped the team win the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup as well.
In terms of individual success, the 28-year-old was named the PFA Player of the Season for 2018/19 and finished second in the Ballon d'Or voting behind Lionel Messi.