Koeman is currently preparing the Netherlands for their UEFA Nations League semi-final with England, with Van Dijk set to join up with the national squad after celebrating Liverpool’s Champions League triumph.
“It’s about time the Ballon d’Or was given to a defender,” Koeman says.
“Van Dijk deserves to win it.”
“He’s the best player,” Koeman says of the Argentine.
“But I also think that he also has to win tournaments with his team to be able to win awards for himself.”
Van Dijk was named Man of the Match in the Champions League final as the Kops beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.