Liverpool legend, Ray Clemence, has backed Netherlands defender, Virgil van Dijk, to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Clemence believes the centre-back deserves to be recognised as the best player in the world after an outstanding season with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
When asked who should win 2019 Ballon d’Or, Clemence told Goal: “Van Dijk. Who had the biggest influence for Liverpool over the full year? I would say it was Van Dijk.
“There’s an obsession with attacking and creative players winning it.
“It is more difficult to create and score goals but when you have an influence over a side like Van Dijk had last season, it wasn’t just what he did, it was what he gave. I think he should be a very strong contender for it.”
Clemence added, “Alisson and Van Dijk have been massive. I like to put the two of them together because I think the two of them have been a massive influence at Liverpool defensively and on the whole team as well.
“A year ago, if Liverpool went 1-0 up, you thought they are probably going to need to score another goal because they could concede one somewhere. Van Dijk and Alisson being alongside young, talented players have meant they can win with a single goal.