- Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world today - and it would seem that the player has been aware of his ability since day one.
- In a hilarious story, Graham Cummins recalls an incident of the time he came up against the Dutchman during his Celtic days.
- Cummins reveals that his team was given special instructions on how to deal with the centre-back who was just too big and strong.
- During the game, Cummins tried to sprint past the Van Dijk who brushed him aside with ease and told him he should not even try as he won't succeed getting past him!
When you're the best in the world, you can be as arrogant and confident as you want - for Virgil van Dijk, that confidence has been present long before his move to Liverpool.
Former St Johnstone striker Graham Cummins has told a story of the time he came up against the Dutchman during van Dijk’s Celtic days.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, he said: "We were told in the dressing room, stop him [Van Dijk], rather than him stopping you. Get behind the ball when he gets it, because he’ll run the pitch no bother.
"The first ball, I tried to sprint with him and he just boshed me out of it! I was out of breath and blowing out of backside and he just turned to me and said ‘I wouldn’t even bother, I’m just too good.'"
The day after this game, the Dutch defender departed for Southampton. Of this, Cummins said: "He left the day after we played against them. That’s my claim to fame, that’s what pushed the Southampton deal over the line, that he marked me!"
This is a hilarious story which highlights the confidence the centre-back has always had in himself. Today, the Dutch captain has won few of football's greatest individual honours and stands tall as the best defender in the world.
By the time all is said and done, Van Dijk could even be the greatest defender to ever play in the Premier League - we do hope that is the case!