The Bayern Munich centre-back is amazed by his Dutch counterpart’s increase and hopes to emulate what he has accomplished.

Van Dijk, 28, joined the Reds from Southampton in January 2018 at a then record-breaking transfer for a defender and played a critical role in their Champions League triumph last season.

In addition to a mainstay in the starting XI for the Premier League leaders, he is the captain of this Netherlands nationwide group and was appointed runner-up to Lionel Messi in last year’s Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Sule is undoubted that the former Groningen and Celtic star is the top defender in the game currently along with also the Germany international hopes to follow Van Dijk’s example.

“He is now at the very best at just under 30,” that the 24-year-old stated in a meeting with Bayern’s 51 magazine.

“As a central defender, you’ve got your best stage from the mid-20s. You have the required experience and clarity, at precisely the same time you are in top shape.

“I want to take the next major step in the next two or three decades. And when people say that I belong the very best in the world, I am glad. That’s my goal.

“I will work hard on my own, then it’ll be up to me whether I become among the best central defenders in the world or not.”

Sule joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2017 on a five-year contract and has made 96 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.

He is confident that he is on the way back to full fitness, nevertheless, as he’s had extra time to recover due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m on the home stretch with all the rehab training. Even if it’s a difficult time, I feel good,” he added.