Danny Mills heaped praise on Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk after claiming that defending had changed completely in football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England international shared that it was a shame for some teams that defenders like John Terry and Nemanja Vidic no longer existed before raving about Van Dijk.

The 28-year-old Reds centre-back has featured 12 times this season for Jurgen Klopp’s side and has racked up one assist as well as one goal in the process.

Mills explained that he thought Van Dijk was the perfect defender due to being good defensively as well as good on the ball and suggested he was an example for other centre-halves to follow.

“I think defending has changed completely, your John Terrys, Nemanja Vidićs, those defenders don’t really exist anymore,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Which is a shame for some teams as they could do with them, and Van Dijk is perfect.

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“The set-up that he has, he’s strong, he’s powerful and he’s aggressive, at the right times, and then as a secondary option, he is good on the ball.

“But first and foremost, he is good on the ball and people need to get back to the basics if you want to play centre-half at a top-level, and there’s no better example than Virgil van Dijk.”

Van Dijk joined the Reds from Southampton in 2018 with Liverpool showing great faith in his ability as they had to spend £75million on his services in order to get him.

In his time at Anfield so far, the Dutch centre-back has played 84 times for the club and has helped his side reach two Champions League finals, with them winning the latter against Tottenham last season.

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