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legend Andy Cole says he would have been Virgil van Dijk's 'worst nightmare' as a player after Dutchman's stuttering start to the season and claims the Liverpool defender 'doesn't like chasing back' icon Andy Cole says Virgil van Dijk has shown weakness The Dutch centre back has looked off the pace at Liverpool in recent games He played the full 90 minutes as the Reds were thumped 7-2 by Aston Villa  Cole believes he would have relished going up against him when he was a player The former striker pointed out how Van Dijk is often reluctant to track back  

By Oli Gamp For Mailonline

Published: 13:50 BST, 13 October 2020 | Updated: 14:56 BST, 13 October 2020

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icon Andy Cole says he would have 'loved' playing against Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool defender's sluggish start to the season. 

The Dutchman has become known as one of the best centre backs in world football after some dominant performances under Jurgen Klopp in recent years, and he was pivotal to their Premier League title triumph last season. 

But this term the 29-year-old has looked off the pace and has put in some suspect displays, with Liverpool conceding three against Leeds in the season opener and then slumping to a 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa last time out. 

legend Andy Cole says he would relish going up against Virgil van Dijk 

He said the Liverpool defender has shown weaknesses recently after a poor start to the season

He said the Liverpool defender has shown weaknesses recently after a poor start to the season

And Cole, who is third in the Premier League's all-time scorers list with 187 - with 93 coming for United - says that while he still rates Van Dijk highly, he has started to show vulnerabilities, including a reluctance to track back.

'Van Dijk is a really good player, but I'm the kind of individual who would love to have played against him - and I feel like I would have got to him,' he told Sunday World. 

'You want to test yourself against the best and he is the best at the moment, without a doubt, but I like to look at defenders and find weaknesses in them and

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