Ex-Red Gillespie explains what van Dijk needs to match Terry, Ferdinand and Stam
- Former Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie believes Virgil van Dijk needs to win titles to become the Prem's greatest.
- Technically the Dutchman is better than John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, Gillespie claims.
Ex-Reds centre-back Gary Gillespie tipped Virgil van Dijk to become one of the Prem's greatest defenders, according to the Mirror.
The mighty Dutchman has turned into the cornerstone of Liverpool's backline after joining the Reds from Southampton a year ago. All he needs to be named among the all-time greats is titles, Gillespie claims.
"I’ve been asked a lot in recent weeks: Just where does Van Dijk stand, in relation to the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jaap Stam even, who are up there as the greatest centre-backs in Premier League history," Gillespie said.
"Honestly, ability-wise and technique-wise I would put him top. He’s got absolutely everything. But to become a living legend you have to be successful and win trophies and medals on regular basis... not just a one-off.
"Terry and Ferdinand, they had immense quality, but they also had longevity. Virgil, he’s probably ahead technically, but he needs to show it with trophies."
"I read those statements by Virgil van Dijk talking about former players like Kenny and Graeme Souness, Phil Neal, and it is clear he gets it. They became legends because of their desire to win and what they achieved for this club, and I’m sure he feels the same.
"The current team has strong characters who can deliver trophies – and he’s definitely one of them."