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Friday, 11 October 2019

Van Dijk Still Great, But Liverpool Will Look Better With Allison - Emile Heskey

The former Reds striker has shrugged off any considerations relating to a Dutch defender’s form and believes any additions ought to be sought-after in the center.

Virgil van Dijk remains a “leading figure” at
Liverpool though his type has dipped slightly, says Emile Heskey, with the come back of first-choice goalkeeper Alisson expected to create the Reds even stronger.

A Netherlands international center-half has become a talismanic presence at Anfield on the rear of a £75 million ($93m) transfer.

So spectacular has Van Dijk been that he's
the ruling UEFA Player of the Year and the number one competitor to land the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Setting such lofty standards is usually planning to see any wobbles highlighted and Liverpool aren't thought of to be as watertight in 2019-20 as they were last season.

Heskey concedes there might are a step back, however, the previous Reds striker believes Jurgen Klopp still has one in every of the simplest center-halves on the world at his disposal.

He told bwin: “Players are planning to up their game once bobbing up against Van Dijk.

When you’re at the highest, players are continually planning to wish the challenge. When taking part in a season wherever he didn’t place a foot wrong, even one mistake goes to be dropped at everyone’s attention.

“Van Dijk controls Liverpool’s line of defense and could be a leading figure within the Liverpool team. He brings the simplest out of his team-mates and that they bring the best out of him, that is why they give the impression of being such a lot stronger once he’s within the team.”

The general agreement is that Liverpool’s defensive unit can look additional settled once Alisson returns to the aspect, with the Brazilian shot-stopper having been out of action since the gap weekend.

Heskey added: “Liverpool’s defense is going to be back to their best once Alisson is back in goal. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, however, he has an excellent understanding with the defense, which can offer the back-line additional confidence once he’s back.

“As a striker, it's tons more durable once you’re bobbing up against a keeper WHO primarily plays as another defender, and that’s what Alisson does.

The defenders can have an understanding of once he’s planning to come back and when he’s going to keep, which provides them confidence.”
With Alisson able to step back in and Liverpool well equipped in only concerning each different space of the field, Heskey isn't expecting Klopp to dip back to the transfer market once it re-opens in January.

He said: “Liverpool wouldn’t improve their squad over the summer with the players that were out there.

They’ve managed to avoid any significant injuries, that has been a vast facilitate. However, they’ve still got depth ought to an injury occur. Liverpool is at a stage wherever solely a high player would get within the team, therefore unless that’s out there, you won’t see them enter the market.

“Unless there’s a lengthy injury, I can’t see Liverpool signing anyone this season.

They’ve started well and currently have a precise quantity of your time to assess if they have to create a move in January. The squad is incredibly well balanced at the instant, and each player is aware of their role. Therefore Klopp is going to be trying to stay it that method.

“Liverpool’s solely slight worry is their center doesn’t give with enough goals. The team believes profoundly on the front 3 to get and assist most of the goals, that are a few things Klopp might want to deal with.

“When you inspect City’s center 3, there are tons of goals and assists there, that frees the highest three attackers up a bit. By transferral in a very player of that variety, Liverpool may risk losing that grit that they presently have within the center.

The three players in there work arduous to hide ground and provide [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andy] Robertson the license to attack.”

Liverpool is presently eight points clear at the highest of the Premier League table and can come back to action when the international break a visit to Manchester United on October twenty.

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