Gary Neville reveals which Premier League player has impressed him the most this season

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has been impressed by four Premier League players so far this season – but says one star stands out from the rest.

After seven games of the 2018-19 campaign, reigning champions Manchester City are joined by Liverpool at the top of the table on 19 points.

Like City and Liverpool, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are also unbeaten but have dropped to third after drawing two consecutive games.

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North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are level on points in fourth and fifth, with struggling Manchester United down in tenth after losing three games already.

Neville has been impressed by Chelsea’s in-form forward Eden Hazard, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw and Liverpool’s James Milner and Virgil van Dijk.

But the former England defender says it is Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool for £75million last year, who has impressed him the most.

Virgil van Dijk has made a superb start to the new season (Picture: Getty)He told Sky Sports Super 6: ‘Milner for Liverpool, who have been outstanding. Virgil van Dijk: outstanding.

‘Luke Shaw at Manchester United, I’ve been really pleased with him. I’ve got full belief in him and his talent. He just needs that break in terms of staying clear of injuries.

‘Eden Hazard is a wonderful player. He probably is [the best in the league]. David Silva I love. De Bruyne is brilliant. [David] De Gea has been one of the top players over the last few years.

‘They are the type of players who have impressed me most.

‘But Van Dijk – worryingly – has impressed me more than anybody. He’s just a fantastic central defender.’

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has also heaped praise on Dutch star Van Dijk, labelling him Jurgen Klopp’s most important player this season.

‘I think Liverpool look really solid, and they have since Van Dijk came in,’ Carragher said.

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‘Opposition teams now look at Liverpool and they don’t see that weakness defensively they’ve seen before in Klopp’s team.

‘The front three, who have been absolute superstars for Liverpool, aren’t quite firing the way they were last season.

‘I’m sure that will come in the coming weeks and months but certainly, at the other end of the pitch, they’re doing their job.’

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Southampton eye move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge with Virgil van Dijk windfall

Daniel Sturridge is not a regular started for Liverpool (Getty)Southampton are weighing up a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window, according to reports.

Such a deal would be an intriguing one with Saints only in a position to consider such an option because Liverpool agreed to pay them £75million for centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The deal for the Dutch defender was announced yesterday and will go through on 1 January.

Southampton are understood to be keen to quickly reinvest the money with a striker among their priorities.

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Virgil van Dijk with a Liverpool shirt (Picture: instagram)The Telegraph report that Sturridge is an option, with a loan deal being eyed, possibly turning into a permanent switch.

Sturridge could be open to the move with the striker in need of minutes with the World Cup taking place at the end of the season. His opportunities at Liverpool have been limited by recent fitness problems, but also the competition for places provided by Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

Arsenal player Theo Walcott (Getty)

Luke Shaw (Getty)The report adds that Southampton are also interested in Theo Walcott and Luke Shaw, two other players who are struggling to get into their respective sides this season.

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A move for Fulham full-back Ryan Sessegnon is also being considered.

Southampton are desperate for improvements with fears growing the club could be pulled into a relegation scrap. They are currently two points above the relegation zone.

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