Legendary former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has pointed to a Premier League trio including a Liverpool colossus as the three leaders in world football in their position.
The Spaniard made his name with 17 years of faultless service at boyhood club Barcelona.
The 40-year-old won every honour available to him during his time at the Nou Camp, and was instrumental in Spain’s transition from nearly men to serial winners on the international stage.
A spell in Qatar with Al-Sadd rounded out Xavi’s playing career, leading to his current position as manager of the club.
Many might have expected the legendary figure to choose familiar faces from his time in La Liga when deciding on the world’s best, but instead, Xavi opted to select a Premier League trio.
When speaking to Qatar Airways (via Goal) regarding who the greatest midfielder in current world football is, Xavi said: “Kevin de Bruyne, from Manchester City, seems to me of another level, brutal. He is able to make a difference.
“He is the best midfielder in the world and relatively young.”
De Bruyne’s midfield mastery has set the Premier League alight, but the praise for Man City talent did not end there.
“Pep is the best manager in the world. He has given a twist to our sport. He is very good for what he transmits and his leadership ability.
“In addition, the way he convinced us, he is very good.”
“I would choose Van Dijk due to his leadership, physical strength and good technical ability,” Xavi concluded.
Liverpool want winger for two reasons
Liverpool are willing to meet the £40m asking price for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, according to reports.
The Premier League champions have identified Sarr as the perfect competition for their front three. Liverpool have one of the most fearsome attacks around, but do need to increase their depth in that area.
Sarr has become a major target for Liverpool after Watford’s relegation from the Premier League. The 22-year-old impressed against them when Watford became the first team to beat Liverpool in the league last season.
With Liverpool well aware of Sarr’s potential, they are now considering signing the player. Sarr is an international teammate of Sadio Mane, who could help convince him to move to Anfield.