Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football according to Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.
Former Germany international Boateng has enjoyed a renaissance at Bayern this season, impressing alongside David Alaba at the heart of defence after Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac as head coach to guide the Bavarian giants to an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.
But he feels Van Dijk, now himself a top-flight champion after Liverpool clinched Premier League glory on Thursday, stands apart among the elite.
"He is up there with his consistent performance," Boateng said during a Bayern 'Fan-Talk'.
"But I also like [Kalidou] Koulibaly from Napoli. [Sergio] Ramos from Real Madrid has been playing at a high level for a long time."
As for his own upturn, the 31-year-old Boateng is keen to give plenty of credit to Flick.
"Since Hansi Flick became coach, you feel good in training and in everything. The fun and good mood are back," he explained.
"Hansi is very special, otherwise he would not be so successful with the team.
"He gives us a lot of trust, everyone. He wants to improve everyone and he does that. He gives us an incredible amount of self-confidence."