Milner has played alongside two iconic centre-halves at club stage and admits it is tough to pick out between them, MySportDab reports.
Virgil van Dijk is “a Rolls Royce” of a defender whilst Vincent Kompany was more of an “unbelievable leader”, says James Milner.
It nearly not possible to choose between a colossus currently at Liverpool and a former Manchester City skipper.
Milner is well positioned to omit judgement on two of the most commanding centre-halves to have graced a Premier League stage.
He enjoyed title success alongside Kompany whilst at the Etihad Stadium, while a Champions League triumph has been savoured as part of a successful team at Anfield that has Van Dijk at its heart.
Milner is a massive fan of each and believes that they each bring unique qualities to the table.
With that in mind, he would alternatively shower the pair with praise and keep away from making an attempt to reach a definitive conclusion in any comparison.
Milner informed Sky Sports when quizzed on the brilliance of defensive team-mates from previous and present: “They are huge players.
You always look at the backbone of a successful team and it starts right through the center with the leaders at the back and how vital defending is.
“Vinny – unbelievable player.
How he went about his business, he struggled with injuries however the amount of injuries you saw him play through as well which no one would have ever known, was incredible.
“He would put his head on the line.
An incredible leader, a high-quality captain with so many magnificent characteristics on that side, and rightly so, one of the best defenders to play in the Premier League.
“Virgil is possibly a bit different to that.
Maybe a bit more of a Rolls Royce, if you like, and he would not seem to make too many tackles.
He gets in the right spot and strikes the ball away.
“Maybe he’s got a few extra diagonals in his locker than Vinny had, though Vinny did have that as well.
Vinny had the greatest ball strike, I suppose, when he lashed one into the top corner! So, he could strike a ball all right as well.”
Kompany left City in 2019 after taking in 360 appearances for the club and assisting them to 4 Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins, 4 League Cup triumphs and a number of outstanding records.
Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool for £75 million ($94m) in January 2018.
He has proved be one of the final pieces in the jigsaw at Anfield as Klopp’s side have lifted Champions League.
UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup crowns whilst additionally waiting on a Premier League coronation in 2019-20.