Chris Hughton says Virgil van Dijk can be one of Premier League's best defenders
Chris Hughton says Virgil van Dijk's performances maxbet
for Liverpool put him on par with the best centre-backs in Premier League history. But the Brighton boss believes Van Dijk must sustain his form over a longer period of time to cement a place among the division's all-time greats. Netherlands international Van Dijk - a one-time transfer target for Albion - has helped transform Jurgen Klopp's side into genuine title contenders following a £75m move from Southampton last January.
The 27-year-old visits the Amex Stadium on Saturday with the table-topping Merseyside club bidding to increase their four-point lead over champions Manchester City.Asked if Van Dijk deserves to be talked about in the same breath as the likes of John Terry, Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand, Hughton replied: "Is he that level of player? Yes of course, I've no doubt maxbet
he is when you look at the qualities he's got."The other players we've mentioned have done it over a long period. If you're asking me if he's at their level as a player, then the answer is yes.
"But if you're talking about an influence on our game and the history they have, then of course they've done it for a longer time and he hasn't."Brighton - then managed by Gus Poyet - attempted to sign Van Dijk from Dutch club Groningen in January 2013, seeing two bids rejected. maxbet
The player joined Celtic in the summer of that year and, after moving on to St Mary's for a reported £13m in September 2015, increased his value significantly before arriving at Anfield.