Italian legend Franco Baresi believes Virgil van Dijk is one of the top defenders in world football right now.

Baresi is widely regarded as one of the best defenders to have ever graced a football pitch during his time with AC Milan, and has selected Van Dijk as one of the best in his position.

Van Dijk cost £75million when he arrived at Anfield from Southampton last year, but Baresi believes he has shown significant growth as a player since he started life as a Red.

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“It is difficult to make comparisons,” Baresi said of today’s defenders.

“I like Van Dijk and De Ligt, they are both very strong and very athletic.

“Liverpool have grown hugely as a team recently and a lot of that is thanks to Van Dijk.”

Liverpool have also been linked with De Ligt in recent times, although the defender appears to be set to join Barcelona in the summer.

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