Ian Rush Believes Virgil van Dijk Cannot Reach The Level of Former Liverpool Defender Alan Hansen

Ian Rush insists Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for Liverpool but he can never reach the level of former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen.

The £75m arrival has steadied the Reds backline and his brilliant leadership skills have helped them tremendously as Jurgen Klopp’s side has become a serious title contender this season.

Defensive vulnerabilities were one of Liverpool’s weak point last season but Klopp’s sheer determination and van Dijk’s strong influence has made the Reds a strong defensive unit as they have conceded the less number of goals in the top flight so far.

Liverpool legend rush is heavily impressed by the player’s performance but believes the Dutch defender is a no match for Hansen. “Well, he’s still got a long way to go, for me.

“If Alan Hansen would be playing football today, he’d be an absolute world-beater.

“Even in our day, he never tackled anyone, but on the ball he was absolutely unbelievable. He was like a midfielder.

“I think Van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be absolutely incredible.

“But whoever plays with Van Dijk plays well – Lovren, Matip – Van Dijk organises the defence and helps them all round. That’s how good he has been.”

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