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‘Really impressive’: Micky Van de Ven says ‘outstanding’ Liverpool player has blown him away

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Micky Van de Ven

Micky Van de Ven is one of the best defenders in the Premier League right now, and yet he still can’t work his way into the Netherlands side.

Indeed, the defender has the unenviable task of competing with some of the very best defenders in the world for his national team.

The likes of Matthijs De Ligt, Nathan Ake, and Sven Botman are all duking it out for a place in Ronald Koeman’s team, but, of course, the man at the heart of everything is Virgil van Dijk.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Premier League YouTube channel, Van de Ven has been discussing some of his fellow countrymen, and he named Van Dijk among the players who have really impressed him with their consistency and performances in the Premier League.

The Tottenham defender spoke about the ‘outstanding’ Liverpool player.

“To be honest, it’s difficult now to play for the national team because there are so many good center-backs. We are the best now in the Netherlands; the level of the  center-backs is good everyone is playing well; it’s really difficult,” Van de Ven said.

“I can learn from them, from Van Dijk, De Ligt, and Ake; you see how they play every week in the Premier League; it’s really impressive.”

Impossible task

We really don’t envy Van de Ven at the moment.

It must be so annoying to be so talented but have such a big barrier in the way of stopping you from playing international football.

No matter what he does, he’s going to find it very hard to get ahead of Van Dijk and co. in this Netherlands team, and, to be fair, there’s a good reason for that.

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world over a number of years now, and he’s more than earned the right to be the first name on the teamsheet at international level.

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