Jamie Carragher aims fresh dig at Man Utd legend after Liverpool beat Luton | Football

Virgil Van Dijk is ‘the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen, by a mile’ according to Jamie Carragher (Photo: Getty / Instagram)

Jamie Carragher labelled Rio Ferdinand a ‘poor man’s Virgil van Dijk’ following the Liverpool captain’s starring role in the 4-1 win over Luton.

Liverpool extended their lead in the Premier League title race to four points on Wednesday night but were made to work for it after Chiedozie Ogbene gave the Hatters the lead at Anfield.

Second-half goals from Van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott gave Jurgen Klopp’s men the three points and also more confidence going into this Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

The towering centre-back sparked the comeback win after powering the ball into the back of the net from a corner, much to the delight of Carragher.

The Reds legend watched highlights from the game while working on CBS’ Champions League coverage where fellow pundit Micah Richards asked for some analysis of the Dutch skipper’s goal.

‘You don’t need to analyse that,’ Carragher quipped on Richards’ Instagram story.

‘Look at the colossus, look at him, look at him! A marvel of modern science.

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Rio Ferdinand and Carragher have come to blows before (Photo: Getty)

‘He is the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen, by a mile.’

Richards then asked how Van Dijk compared to other legendary centre-backs like Carragher, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell and Tony Adams.

‘JT could play alongside him, I would allow that,’ Carragher replied before adding that Ferdinand was a ‘poor man’s Van Dijk.’

Carragher and Ferdinand appear to have a feud between them having traded jabs last year including when the former called the latter a ‘clown’.

The Manchester United legend hit back after Carragher didn’t criticise his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard for joining the Saudi Pro League after calling out other players and managers for doing so.

The debate over where Van Dijk’s ranks among his peers is a lively one, and the pair have even come to blows over the matter, after Carragher suggested Van Dijk was superior to Ferdinand’s former defensive partner Nemanja Vidic.

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