Jamie Redknapp: How Virgil van Dijk will transform Liverpool FC team

The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Virgil van Dijk to transform the Reds defence

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jamie Redknapp believes Virgil van Dijk will bring some much-needed leadership to the Liverpool FC defence.

The Netherlands international completed a £75m move to Liverpool FC from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.

Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world after managing to beat rivals Chelsea and Manchester City to the centre-half’s signature.

The Reds have conceded 26 times in 22 games in the Premier League this season as Van Dijk awaits his first top-flight appearance for Liverpool FC.

The 26-year-old scored a dramatic winner in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win over Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield in the FA Cup third round.

Van Dijk will rival Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip for a first-team place in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

In particular, Croatia international Lovren has come under criticism from Liverpool supporters following some hapless performances.

Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp is backing Van Dijk to transform the Reds defence.

“They have brought in a defender and if you look at where Liverpool’s problems have been over the last few years, it has been defensively,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“So the fact that they have got that money and brought in Van Dijk, who I think is going to be a huge success – I have said it from day one, he is the sort of player that they need.

“It gives them a defensive base they have not had. They need a leader and I have been saying it for a while.

“Defensively they have never had anyone – [Ragnar] Klaven, [Joel] Matip, [Dejan] Lovren – none of them are that standout centre-back that you look at and who is going to lead from the back, going to be a good talker.”

Liverpool FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table as the Reds look to secure a Champions League spot in successive seasons.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

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