Liverpool to chase Van Dijk substitute?
Liverpool have been urged by Jamie Carragher to enter the January switch market as a way to strengthen their defensive choices following the damage sustained by Virgil van Dijk – a improvement that’s set to “blow the title race large open”.
The reigning Premier League champions confirmed the information yesterday (October 18) that their defensive talisman had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage throughout Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw in opposition to Everton and would require surgical procedure.
Dutch worldwide Van Dijk, a colossal and nearly ever-present determine for Liverpool during the last two-and-a-half years, is now set to overlook a substantial proportion of the membership’s title defence after being damage following a wild first-half problem from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park that went unpunished.
Such a blow leaves the likes of the fit-again Joel Matip and Joe Gomez as Jurgen Klopp’s accessible choices at centre-back, whereas central midfielder Fabinho has additionally been deployed in that place within the latest previous.
Reds legend Carragher evidently believes that’s not enough cowl with Liverpool now very weak to their rivals and in want of taking motion when the switch window re-opens in January.
“The massive query you are taking a look at now’s, can Liverpool win the league with out Van Dijk there? I believe each staff has three or 4 gamers in each title-winning staff or a staff who assume they’ll win the title, and if a type of gamers is lacking, irrespective of how good your supervisor is, irrespective of how large your squad is, you may’t cowl for them as a result of they’re excellent,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
“I believe it blows the title race large open, I actually do.
“I nonetheless felt at first of this season Liverpool had been the staff to beat. I believe with Van Dijk being out for what appears to be like like the entire season now, I believe it should be all on for Liverpool.
“I believe Liverpool actually have to enter the market in January, and never simply due to Van Dijk’s damage, however Liverpool had been weak in that space anyway. They misplaced (Dejan) Lovren earlier than the beginning of the season now the opposite gamers in these positions are very damage susceptible.”