Virgil van Dijk
Centre-back Van Dijk is one of the most in-demand players in the Premier League ahead of the summer transfer window.
The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the 25-year-old Dutchman as they all look to strengthen in defence.
Saints boss Claude Puel has recently hinted that Van Dijk could end up staying at St Mary’s next season, with club bosses keen to keep him and under no pressure to sell.
However, reports claim Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is still hopeful of landing Van Dijk and could table a bid too good to turn down, as he plots another raid of the south coast club.
And Benali says Southampton would be left with a gaping hole in their squad if the ‘flawless’ defender becomes the latest Saints star to move to Anfield.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former full-back said: “It’s been a familiar picture at Southampton for a few seasons now, and Virgil is the obvious player who is being talked about now.
“He is absolutely class. He’s a player I could see slotting into any team in the world, with the performances I’ve seen. There’s nothing he can’t do.
“I honestly can’t see any flaws.
“He’s a huge presence on the pitch, and not just in a physical sense. He’s good both defensively and offensively. It always seems like he’s got another gear and that he’s playing in cruise mode. He reads the game well, he’s a threat in the opposition’s box as well, he can score goals. He’s just never seems to get flustered. He’s so confident on the ball.”