Andy Cole believes he would have been Virgil van Dijk’s ‘worst nightmare’ and that the Liverpool centre-back struggles when players run in behind him.
While the former Manchester United striker rates him as ‘the best at the moment’ he is certain he ‘would have got to him’ had they faced off during their careers.
Van Dijk has established himself as one of the world’s best defenders since joining Liverpool from Southampton in a £75million deal.
Liverpool have conceded 11 goals in four Premier League matches so far, including three against newly-promoted Leeds and seven against Aston Villa.
And Cole thinks Van Dijk’s biggest weakness has been exposed by teams who have been able to stretch him in behind.
‘Van Dijk is a really good player, but I’m the kind of individual who would love to have played against him – and I feel like I would have got to him,’ Cole told Sunday World.
‘You want to test yourself against the best and he is the best at the moment, without a doubt, but I like to look at defenders and find weaknesses in them and we have seen a few with Van Dijk in the last few months.
‘I watched him in the opening game of the season against Leeds and the strikers who give him problems are the ones who run in behind him and stretch him.
‘He is a Rolls Royce of a defender, but he didn’t like putting his foot down and chasing back when people were getting in behind him.
‘That’s what I would have done all day when I was at my best, so I would probably have been his worst nightmare if I was playing against him.’