Many Liverpool fans have been mightily unimpressed by Virgil van Dijk since his return to the Southampton side.
Yesterday, he made his first home Premier League start since his transfer request and enjoyed/endured a mixed afternoon in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
Squawka highlight his impressive stats from the game, but watching Liverpool supporters were much less complimentary.
Virgil van Dijk’s game by numbers vs. Newcastle:
100% tackles won
92% pass accuracy
3 interceptions pic.twitter.com/5WqgSMqXrw
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 15, 2017
The Dutchman is still trying to reach his peak level following a lengthy injury, and there’s still suggestions he’s lacking motivation – which shouldn’t be an excuse really considering he’s a professional.
It certainly doesn’t look like he’s worth the mooted £70m, anyway, but if Jurgen Klopp wants him that badly, we’d obviously be happy the money is spent.
Liverpool may still go in for the 25-year-old in January, although we don’t know if the Saints will be any more willing to sell.
Dejan Lovren has been decent in recent weeks, but we’re obviously still crying out for a new centre-back, considering Ragnar Klavan is waiting in the wings should the Croat or Joel Matip become unavailable.
Van Dijk is absolutely horrendous, Liverpool fans dodged a massive bullet
— – (@ElMejor10i) October 15, 2017
Just putting it out there…
Is Van Dijk really worth all the money? Not sure myself.
— Captain Arsebiscuits (@anaIdirgeprat) October 15, 2017
ffs van dijk is not worth that much (£70m). I said this from the beginning and at first I was against his transfer to LFC 1/2
— Tomor Macastena (@tomormacastena) October 15, 2017
The more I watch Van Dijk the less I want him.
— Paul Senior (@PaulSenior1) October 15, 2017
Van dijk is easily the most overrated footballer in prem!
— Benjamin James (@Ben_Rook) October 15, 2017
Virgil Van Dijk might be the most overrated centre half I’ve ever seen 🙈🙈
— JB (@JoeBowker98) October 15, 2017