Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has taken the unusual step of naming his favourite player from a rival team.
Liverpool are cruising towards their first Premier League title have won 24 of their 25 fixtures so far this season, with Ferdinand naming one player that gets him off his seat.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have relied on consistent performances from all of their first team stars as they go into the final stages of the season unbeaten, with quality all over the pitch.
"I think he (Van Dijk) is undoubtedly the best defender in the world, the best centre-back in the world now,” Ferdinand said at BT's launch of their 4-3-3 partnership with the English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh FAs when asked for his player of the year candidates.
"He'd get my vote for best defender, best centre-half, but he wouldn't get my vote for Player of the Year.
“I think there's a few other people probably vying for that accolade.
"But he has been tremendous. I think he's a fantastic footballer. Calm, cool, collected, strong, quick. All the attributes you'd want in a modern day player.
"And he carries himself very well - I love the way he carries himself."
He then added: "I think Jordan Henderson has been very good. I think Sadio Mane has been my favourite player when I watch Liverpool if I'm honest.
"When I watch Liverpool he's the person who gets me off my seat more than anyone. He'd definitely be up there.
"Vardy's been good, scoring those goals. Kevin De Bruyne - when you watch him he just purrs. So there's a few names there."
Mane has scored 11 Premier League goals this season in 22 outings having netted 22 goals in the competition last time out.
The Senegal forward has made his name as one of the best wingers in the world since leaving Southampton back in 2016.
Jurgen Klopp has been full of praise for the 27-year-old over the past few seasons, having rejected a move for the player while manager at Borussia Dortmund.
The German explained: “It was simply a wrong evaluation of my side.
“I thought at that time that it was a lot of pressure on Dortmund and this transfer it had to be right.
“It is not the only wrong decision I have made, this one I could correct some years later.”