John Terry has made it clear that for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to be regarded as the best of all time, then he needs ‘longevity’ to his game, as he posted on his Instagram story.

The Chelsea legend added that Liverpool’s ice-cool defender at the back has been ‘outstanding’ for the last four years, but to be the ‘very best’, he needs to be doing the business for ’10-15 years’.

Not many will argue that Liverpool’s star at the back is perhaps the best defender in the Premier League today and one of the best in the world.

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But, in comparison to others, the 31-year-old, who signed for Liverpool in 2017, has only been playing at the very top during that period.

Someone like Terry and Rio Ferdinand hold the obvious trump card that they produced the goods for years and years during their days.

And that was something Terry touched upon when he was asked the following question whilst doing a Q/A on his IG story. 

‘Do you think VVD has the potential to be the best CB ever?’

“Yes, I do,” said Terry. “I always say to be regarded as the very best, LONGEVITY is key. 

“He has been outstanding for the last 3/4 years. But to be the very best, you need to be at the very top for 10/15 years.”

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The Holland international recently turned 31, so he still has plenty of years left to go in the tank, but how long can he carry on going for?

Quite clearly, Van Dijk isn’t going to do another ten years, but if he can remain at the top of his game for the next five years, added with winning trophies, then it will be interesting to see how he is viewed after that.

Whilst Terry started at a very young age at Stamford Bridge, including going through various managers, he still managed to stay on top and win the lot, so he holds an obvious advantage when having this debate.

On the eye, there’s no doubt that Van Dijk has looked like one of the best and like he has a Playstation controller in hand. 

But he clearly needs to be knocking on the door for much longer to be considered the best of the best. 

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