Spurs forward Lucas Moura, has admitted that Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk is one of the best players in the world, but questions claims that the defender was unbeaten in the past season.
Van Dijk was signed in a massive £76.19m deal in January 2018. Since then, the Dutchman has been nothing short of phenomenal, earning him a place among the greats and even rumoured to be a worthy competitor for the Ballon d’Or.
Stats claim the only player to successfully complete a dribble past the Dutchman last season, was City’s Leroy Sane on international duty with Germany in November. – A stat, Lucas Moura largely disagrees with.
“Dude, now this question there I don’t know if it’s true.” Moura said in an interview with Brazilian YouTube channel Desimpedidos
“They say he hasn’t been dribbled past since… whatever. If the guy is past him, it’s already a dribble.
“I don’t know, but the guys must have gone past him now.
“I know I scored a goal against Liverpool, we lost, but I scored against Liverpool and he was left behind. But he’s great. He is.”
“Hey, the guy’s good,” Moura added. “He’s two metres tall, strong, and the Liverpool team is a very good fit, with a lot of chemistry.
“So he had an excellent season. He was elected the best in the Premier League, I think.
“In the world… there are a lot of people there. But for the season, I think he’s among the top three. Among the top three!”
Lucas Moura – who was pivotal to Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League final qualification – after landing heavy blows on semi final opponents Ajax, despite losing the first leg of the fixture, revealed he was upset for starting on the bench against the Merseyside reds, but admitted losing was worse.
“Of course I got upset,” he said. “I wish I had started. But I got so much more upset that we lost.
“We really believed that we could be champions. And man, it was difficult. I cried a lot after the game. Because it was so close, so close.”