Speaking on Liverpool’s YouTube channel, Roberto Firmino has been discussing Virgil van Dijk.

The Brazilian was tasked with naming his dream five-a-side team, and predictably, van Dijk made the cut as the only defender in the side.

The former PFA Player of the Year is undoubtedly one of the finest centre-backs of his generation, and while Firmino has played against the best of the best, even he concedes that van Dijk is the best centre-half he’s ever come up against.

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What’s been said?

Firmino had nothing but good things to say about his teammate.

“Second on my list is Virgil van Dijk. He’s another great friend of mine and he is the hardest defender I have ever played against. I am a great admirer of his and he is second on my list,” Firmino said.

Impossible task

Firmino says that van Dijk is the toughest defender he’s ever faced, and it’s not hard to understand why.

In terms of attackers, Firmino is one of the most complete forwards out there, he has pace, skill, finishing ability and a footballing IQ that could make even the most studious player look like a dunce.

However, even Firmino finds it tough to get the better of van Dijk, and that’s a testament to just how good the Dutchman is.

Trying to outplay the towering centre-half is an almost impossible task, and while he’s not been at his very best this season, some of the best strikers in the world still fear the prospect of facing off against the former Southampton man.

Unfortunately for Firmino, he has to play against van Dijk almost every day in training, and we can’t even begin to imagine how frustrating that must be.

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