The Liverpool defender has had a brilliant year since signing for the Anfield club in January, helping the team to the Champions League Final as well as a vast improvement in the Premier League.
With the end of the year approaching, the award for the world’s best player is due to be given out in December.
And the shortlist has been revealed for the winner, with the usual suspects earning a spot on the 30-man shortlist.
Unfortunately for van Dijk, he’s not on the list – but Sutton believes he deserves to be. And the former Celtic man has even taken it to the point where he believes the Dutchman should be a contender to win it.
Per bbc.co.uk, Sutton said: “It may not be fashionable to mention a defender when you have a conversation like this, but when you look at the difference Virgil van Dijk has made to Liverpool then you can see just how good he is.
“There is not an attribute you need as a defender that he does not have – he is quick, strong, consistent and he does not seem to lose his concentration.
“He also has tremendous distribution when he is on the ball, and he reads the game so well. He has got the lot.
“There will be a clamour for Eden Hazard and other attacking players – and I understand that – but Van Dijk has shown the difference a brilliant defender can make to any side.”
It’s difficult to argue with Sutton when you consider the impact van Dijk has had on Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Before his arrival from Southampton, there were no shortage of issues for centre backs at Liverpool, but they’ve been fixed by the Dutchman and now Klopp’s men look like serious contenders domestically and in Europe.
Unfortunately for van Dijk, he wasn’t at the World Cup due to Holland’s failure to qualify so that will no doubt go against him.
But if he keeps this form up then it would be no surprise if he’s part of the conversation next year.