BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has stated that Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk will not be the sole answer to Liverpool’s defensive woes.
The Sport Review report that the former Manchester United man said the club’s backline issues are more than just superficial but went on to sing the praises of the Holland international saying:
“As good as he is, and he’s one of the best, he’ll play for Barcelona or Real Madrid one day, in my opinion he’s that good.”
Jurgen Klopp only signed one defender last transfer window in full-back Andrew Robertson from Hull for £8m, per the Independent.
Liverpool’s defensive problems were highlighted during the club’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla in midweek when several mistakes led to the leaking of the two goals.
Van Dijk had been a target for Liverpool all summer but the Saints refused to sell the player, despite the centre-half handing in a transfer request, after the South coast club accused the Merseyside outfit of ‘tapping-up’ their team captain.
The Dutchman missed Southampton’s first four league games of the season as he recovered from a ligament injury he suffered in January but came on as a substitute in the side’s 1-0 win away at Crystal Palace to make his first appearance of the new campaign.
A centre-back is needed but maybe more attention should be paid to Klopp’s attacking style of play which more than often leaves the back four exposed when on the defensive.