Chelsea forward Pedro has compared Virgil van Dijk to Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup meeting with Liverpool.
Van Dijk played a pivotal role as the Red became champions of Europe for the sixth time and finished second in the Premier League with a record 97 points.
The centre-back was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for his performances in the top flight and Pedro sees similarities between the Netherlands star and Real Madrid captain Ramos.
“They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top,” he said.
“Sergio Ramos is very good. I know him very well: great defender, great with the ball. Van Dijk is also the same: so strong, very good in the air, scores goals. Two big players.
“He’s in a good moment. Last season with Liverpool, he had a great season winning the Champions League and the best player in the premier league. He’s in a good moment and he’s a good defender.”