Barcelona and globe superstar Lionel Messi has heaped praise on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman has been a rock at the back for the Reds due to the fact moving from Southampton in January 2018.

Van Dijk helped the Merseyside club win the Champions League and finish runners-up in the Premier League in his very first complete season at the club.

Through that European Cup winning campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side knocked out Barcelona in the semi-finals, overturning a three- very first-leg defeat to win four- at Anfield.

Van Dijk and Messi in action in final season’s Champions League semi-final.

And Messi, who was on the opposite side on that outstanding evening, has explained why Van Dijk is so hard to play against.

“He is a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the appropriate moment to challenge or jockey,” the Argentine legend told Marca.

“He is pretty rapidly and major, but he has a lot of agility for his height.

‘He is rapidly for the reason that of its excellent stride, and he is impressive each in defence and attack for the reason that he scores lots of ambitions.”

The duo have been up against each and every other for person awards this year, with Messi winning FIFA’s Most effective of 2019 and Van Dijk collecting the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.