Jamie Carragher: What I really think about Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool FC
The Liverpool FC legend believes Virgil van Dijk isn't the answer to all Jurgen Klopp's defensive problems
Jamie Carragher has warned Jurgen Klopp that Virgil van Dijk can’t solve Liverpool FC’s defensive problems on his own.
The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton earlier in the January transfer window.
Liverpool FC made the Dutch centre-half the most expensive defender in the world following his much anticipated move to Anfield.
The 18-time English champions lost 1-0 to the Premier League’s basement club Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night after Van Dijk made his top-flight debut for the Reds.
The Merseyside outfit missed out on the chance to overhaul Chelsea FC in third place in the race to finish in the top four after conceding their 29th goal in 24 games.
Former Liverpool FC vice-captain Carragher warned Klopp that Van Dijk needs more help in the back four to finally solve their defensive problems.
“It’s poor from Virgil van Dijk,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“In some ways, he shouldn’t have gone for it. It’s not really his header. Maybe he’s trying to do too much in some ways.
“You see Van Dijk, he’s actually heading it down because it hasn’t come far enough for him really.
“This thing about Van Dijk is going to come in and fix this problem, it is absolute nonsense.
“That one player comes in and fixes the whole problem, he’s not that good.
“If we were playing against towering defenders like Tony Adams and Jaap Stam and you were taking a set piece, you’d say ‘keep it away from him’ or take the man away.
“The idea that Van Dijk is going to head everything away is just a joke. It’s not happening.”
Van Dijk made his Liverpool FC debut in a 2-1 win against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at Anfield earlier this month.
The Netherlands defender scored a late winner in front of The Kop to seal Liverpool FC’s passage to the fourth round.
Liverpool FC haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.