Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said Virgil Van Dijk deserves to have won the Ballon d’Or ahead of sixth time winner, Lionel Messi.
Although Klopp admitted Messi is the best player he has ever seen, he said Van Dijk had a fantastic season, the first by any defender in recent time.
The Dutch captain came second to Argentina forward despite playing a huge role as Liverpool won the Champions League last season, overcoming Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-final.
“I see it slightly different and a lot of people see it slightly different but that’s absolutely no problem,” said Klopp.
“Lionel Messi, I’ve said probably 500,000 times in my life already, is probably the best player I saw in my lifetime.
“But I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender ever. Honestly. So it would have been right if Virgil won it. I heard it was pretty close.”
Liverpool will do battle against Everton with the relegation-threatened Toffees looking to break a winless streak on the ground dating back to 1999.