Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk Is Better Than “Dog” – France World Cup Winner

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is a better defender than Manchester United icon Nemanja Vidic says Frank Leboeuf who described the former Old Trafford fans' favourite as “a dog.”

The 52-year-old, who was part of the France side that defeated Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final, was also a Premier League centre-back himself with Chelsea between 1996-2001.

Asked who he rated most highly between Van Dijk and Vidic, the France World Cup winner told ESPN FC: “I would go for Van Dijk. I think he's more complete.

“I loved Vidic because I think he was a dog and a fantastic defender. But Van Dijk can lead the team and has range.

 “I don't think Vidic was capable of doing that. Hats off to Vidic, though.”

Although he went on to become a Red Devils stalwart, playing 300 games for them between 2006-14, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, under different circumstances Vidic might have ended up at Anfield.

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After hanging up his boots in 2016, the Serbian, who was infamously sent off four times playing against Liverpool – a Premier League record against a single club – told FourFourTwo magazine: “Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there.

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