Van Dijk joined Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s side in January 2018 from Southampton and has been one of the pillars at the heart of Liverpool's defense, which led them to reach the Champions League final that same year.
His contributions to the team the following season were critical, as the Premier League team won the Champions League crown and are also on the verge of winning the national title this year.
Although Kompany, now a coach at Anderlecht, plays against defenders like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry during their time at Etihad Stadium, the Belgian ranks the Dutchman above them.
Van Dijk managed to combine "defending the old school with a modern twist" and helped Liverpool to seek honor on the domestic and European fronts, argued Kompany.
He explained that he never saw Klopp's side show the kind of "supremacy" that they are exhibiting this year.
"It is very difficult to have a player who has such an impact on a big club," the Belgian told the BBC Football Focus. "He brought the old school defense back with a modern twist – and I respect that."