Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk picks Arsenal star to lead epic Premier League five-a-side team

Virgil Van Dijk smiles as he trains for Liverpool
Van Dijk’s team would be dominated by City players (Picture: Getty)

Virgil van Dijk has selected his Premier League five-a-side and picked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead the team.

The Liverpool star was asked to produce his ideal five-a-side, but couldn’t include any of his club team-mates.

Van Dijk dipped into Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s and title rivals Manchester City’s squads to create his team, with Aubameyang selected up front.

‘Based on what he has done throughout the season,’ Van Dijk told the club website about his decision to pick Aubameyang. ‘Together (Alexander) Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic striking duo.

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‘I could also put (Sergio) Aguero in but I think he’s a good striker and I think the numbers have showed that as well since he arrived.’

In midfield, Van Dijk picked Tottenham’s Heung-min Son and City’s talisman Kevin De Bruyne.

‘[Son’s] quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him,’ Van Dijk explained.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring a goal for Manchester City
De Bruyne is one of City’s best players (Picture: Getty)

‘Kevin De Bruyne, you don’t need to say too much about him.

‘I think Kevin is a good guy first of all, but he’s an outstanding player.

‘You see things differently and yeah, respect only. He’s a fantastic player.’

Liverpool lead City by 25 points in the race for the league title, but Van Dijk explained he was a big admirer of the Sky Blues’ players.

Van Dijk’s defence would be made up of City’s stand-out stars Aymeric Laporte and Ederson.

‘I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper,’ Van Dijk said of Ederson, who he put in goal.

‘I think this season there have been more better goalkeepers than we have seen maybe in the past, but I think Ederson is the best of the rest – I think Alisson is still number one, that’s my feeling.’

‘[Laporte’s] been showing how important he is for their team and I think he’s an outstanding defender.

‘I think he’s a very, very, very good defender, so that’s why I pick him.’

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