Jurgen Klopp was bullish in his response to Jamie Carragher’s Virgil van Dijk analysis today…
Our former central defender claimed our £75m signing, the man expected to ‘fix’ Liverpool’s backline, is actually overweight right now.
‘I think it will prove to be a great signing,’ Carragher told Sky Sports, cited in the Metro. ‘But he hasn’t hit the ground running.
‘I think he needs to get fit and lose a bit of weight. He actually looks too big.’
But in his press-conference, Klopp suggested those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!
Klopp on Jamie Carragher comments on VVD: "I'm sure that Jamie needs to lose a bit of weight. It's not an issue."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) February 2, 2018
There really is nothing to worry about with van Dijk. He’s hardly played this season, isn’t fully fit, and lacks any cohesion with his new team-mates in a key position.
After the summer, we’ll really see the best of the defender, especially as he’ll get a full pre-season with Holland not qualified for the World Cup.
Long-term, van Dijk could well become Liverpool’s skipper and an automatic starter. After all, he’s the most expensive centre-back of all time!