Steve McManaman has hailed Virgil van Dijk’s excellent begin to life at Liverpool after he made his debut towards rivals Everton within the FA Cup third-round win Friday.
Van Dijk put in an assured efficiency and received the profitable aim in a 2-1 victory at Anfield, scoring a header from a nook within the 84th minute.
The Dutch worldwide moved for £75 million on the very starting of the switch window and McManaman thinks that the centre-back is already main Liverpool’s defence.
“He seemed actually composed — it was a tough sport to play in as a result of he has solely simply arrived,” McManaman mentioned in response to Purpose’s query. “It was a tough sport to get entangled with and the very fact he scored the winner was nice.
“He seems harmful from set items, he had an opportunity sooner than that. There’s no higher strategy to be cherished by the followers than rating the winner in a derby match. He has received half the battle already. Generally it may take some time to get into video games.
“We all know he’s a winner however the truth he scored the winner in a derby match immediately is nice. Liverpool didn’t make quite a lot of probabilities within the sport, which is uncommon for them, so it was wanted.
“He’s the massive primary centre-half and [Joel] Matip is barely a quiet lad so he must be vocal. He has come for the worth tag that he has are available for (£75m), so he has to point out he’s the star man and that he’s the boss. I feel he has completed that, he seems like addition for Liverpool.”
McManaman performed 364 video games for Liverpool over the course of a profession that additionally noticed him put on Actual Madrid’s well-known white shirt. He has since develop into a soccer pundit throughout many platforms, together with BT Sport.
He thinks that though Van Dijk has damaged the switch file for a defender that it should not put an excessive amount of strain on him, with the file prone to be damaged within the coming switch home windows.
“I feel folks don’t even give attention to the worth tag now. It’s getting ridiculous,” he added. “The cash is phone numbers, everyone seems to be price that a lot now and subsequent week it might be damaged once more.
“After all, it’s some huge cash for a centre-half however I feel it’s turning into much less of a problem now. Coutinho left for double that they’ve paid for [Van Dijk] after they purchased [Coutinho] for £eight.5m. So it’s turning into much less and fewer related now the cash.”
Liverpool might have secured Van Dijk however they’ve since misplaced Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m and that sale definitely will not assist in Liverpool’s makes an attempt to safe a top-four spot this season, whereas they will solely hope to win silverware within the FA Cup and Champions League.
McManaman thinks that Manchester Metropolis are favourites for all home English competitions and believes Liverpool rank as outsiders.
“Manchester Metropolis are the favourites,” he continued. “The crew [Pep Guardiola] put out [against Burnley] was spectacular. Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker had been on the bench and Zinchenko began however aside from that it was sturdy. They’d 70-plus per cent possession within the first half.
“You count on them to undergo and compete. I feel the others needs to be focusing extra now on the cup and the Champions League, in fact. All of us assume that Manchester Metropolis can stroll away with the league.
“Liverpool can solely actually win the cup or the Champions League and they need to have a proper good go of it. Is it a failure to not win something? No, I don’t assume so, not when there are massive groups spending a lot cash.
“You will need to give the followers silverware. Liverpool have to win silverware sooner or later. Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United will need to give their followers one thing after the funding. Mourinho needs to offer his followers silverware after profitable some trophies final season.”
BT Sport is the place one of the best in sport go face to face, bringing you reside protection of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Emirates FA Cup