‘I have nothing but praise for him’: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits Holland team-mate Jurrien Timber – who turned down a summer move to Man United – is BETTER than he was at the same age

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  • Virgil van Dijk claims Jurian Timber is better than him at the same age
  • The Liverpool star plays with the Timbers in defense of the Holland national team
  • And Van Dijk sees fellow Kendra, 21, as a ‘true professional’
  • Ajax’s Timbers turn down Erik ten Haag’s summer move to Manchester United
  • Louis van Gaal warns it could damage his playing time ahead of World Cup
  • Click here for all the latest news and updates on World Cup 2022

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Virgil van Dijk praised international teammate Jurien Timber, insisting that the 21-year-old is better than him at that age.

The Liverpool star lined up with the Timbers in the Holland defence, both playing 90 minutes into the center half and keeping a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Poland in the Nations League on Thursday.

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And Van Dijk, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, called the Ajax prodigy a ‘true professional’, adding that he had ‘nothing but praise’ for his international teammate Is.

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Virgil van Dijk (left) praises Holland teammate Jurien Timber (second right), stressing that the defender is better than him at the same age

One of the best defenders in the world, the Liverpool star hailed him as a 'true professional'.

One of the best defenders in the world, the Liverpool star hailed him as a ‘true professional’.

He added: ‘I wasn’t nearly as distant as he is now (at the same age). I have nothing but praise for him. He is a great player and a true professional.

‘He has so much potential. Hopefully he will be able to develop further. Then everything will be fine, I think.’

The nine-cap international Timber broke at Ajax under Erik ten Haag, who also tried to bring his former player to Old Trafford after moving to Manchester United this summer, which was valued at £40 million by the Dutch side.

Ajax centre-back Timber turned down Eric ten Haig's summer transfer to Manchester United

Ajax centre-back Timber turned down Eric ten Haig’s summer transfer to Manchester United

Holland boss Louis van Gaal warned it could damage his playing time ahead of the World Cup

Holland boss Louis van Gaal warned it could damage his playing time ahead of the World Cup

But the move fell through after Hollande and former United manager Louis van Gaal warned the player that his place in the Winter World Cup could be in jeopardy with a possible lack of playing time at United.

Fans of the Premier League side then blasted Timber as a ‘clown’ after he was seen trolling him by posting a picture of himself ‘still here’ at Ajax after turning down the transfer.

The emergence of the Timbers is putting pressure on van Dijk and others including Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Verge and Daly Blind, who are looking for a starting spot in Van Gaal’s three-man defense for the tournament starting in November. .

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