Virgil Van Dijk has had an excellent year or two since joining Liverpool.
He, in fact, was voted as the second-best player in the world for 2019. He lost narrowly to Lionel Messi and Fabio Cannavaro has sympathized with the defender.
“I messaged Van Dijk to congratulate him on last season but, as a defender, it is difficult to win,” Cannavaro said to Sky Sports.
“You don’t just need to have a great performance and to win trophies.
“You need to be lucky not to have a striker like Ronaldo and Messi in front of you. This is the key. If you have Messi or Ronaldo you start the game 1-0 up.”
Cannavaro also went on to praise Liverpool and their forwards.
“Liverpool had an amazing season and they deserve to win and celebrate this league,” added Cannavaro, referring to the Reds’ position at the Premier League summit.
“But we are in this [coronavirus] situation and it’s a shame for them.
“I respect Salah a lot. He’s changed a lot at Liverpool. For the last three years, he’s been like a machine.
“He’s the player every coach would like to train because he can defend and attack and he leaves everything on the field, he never gives up.”