Matthijs de Ligt's incredible season as captain of a hugely successful Ajax side has made him one of the most desirable players in the game.
But most will agree that Van Dijk has been the main factor in Liverpool's newly-found calmness and much-improved defensive record. Van Dijk signed a five-and-a-half-year deal upon his £75 million switch from Southampton in January 2018.
The striker said: "Physically I feel good".
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'We lost eight players with injury in March and the young players came in and did brilliantly. I'm ready. But ask anyone - both teams will say they're not 100 per cent because everyone has had a full season behind them'.
"You do as much as you can, rehab and training and you want to be part of the team, you want to get back with them as soon as possible. They are goalscorers and eye-catching players", Barnes told talkSPORT.
"I think all of us will feel heavy legs".
But the collosal figure in the Reds defence feels the media furore surrounding his displays can not compare to that of the FC Barcelona captain - who scored 51 goals and registered 22 assists in 50 games this season. A country that has produced three World Cup finalists, a European Championship-winning side and some of the greatest footballers ever to have played the game plummeted to depths rarely seen before.
"I just try to defend for the team, do everything for the team and try not to concede and not to lose either".