Former Everton and Egypt defender Ibrahim Said believes he is better than Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk.
The Dutchman has been a solid rock for the Reds since he joined from Southampton in January 2018, helping the Merseyside club to the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup and most recently the Premier League which they clinched for the first time under the current format and first since 1990 when it was the old English First Division.
The 28-year old has made 115 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists.
He is famously known for going 65 games without getting dribbled past until Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus did it in the 2019 Community Shield at Wembley which City won 5-4 on penalties after ending 1-1 in regular time.
“I am more skilled than Van Dijk, because he plays in only one position, while I have been playing in more than one centre. Certainly, I’m better than him,” Said told Egyptian TV channel TEN.
Said went on to stress that Van Dijk has a negative in that he loses focus at times. He also says the presence of strong teammates help him shine on the pitch.
“I talk seriously about this, if you compare me to him, you will find that there is a huge difference between us in everything, because he has a negative, which is that when he loses his focus it appears completely incorrectly,” Said continued.
“The possibilities he possesses, in addition to his teammates, make any player shine and appear at this level, I am seriously talking about this.”
“[Van] Dijk is a good defender, but sometimes he makes mistakes like all defenders in the world.”