Liverpool FC fans told not to expect best from new signing until next season
Liverpool FC have been told not to expect the best from Virgil van Dijk just yet by Tony Cascarino
Liverpool FC have been told not to expect the best from from Virgil van Dijk until next season in the Premier League by Tony Cascarino.
The Netherlands defender has been getting used to life at Anfield after having signed for the Reds from Southampton at the start of the January transfer window.
Van Dijk will be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Anfield between now and the end of the season as he bids to become a regular in the side following his £75m move.
However, Cascarino believes that it’s going to take time for the 26-year-old to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy and says the Reds shouldn’t expect too much, too soon.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino said: “Jurgen Klopp left Virgil van Dijk on the bench and Liverpool fans have to accept they will not see him make a real impact until next season.
“If you miss pre-season, you are always playing catch-up.
“Van Dijk was involved in a transfer saga in the summer and was also suffering from injury, and when he eventually played for Southampton this season he was not quite up to speed.
“Klopp has realised he’s got to get to the summer with Van Dijk and then really work him hard.
“The Dutchman will be the player Liverpool are praying for – just not until next season.”
Van Dijk, who was left on the bench for Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Tuesday night, will be hoping to feature for the Reds when they return to action with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Klopp’s men are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League once again.