Jamie Carragher sets Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FC challenge

The former Liverpool FC defender warns Virgil van Dijk needs to win trophies to be considered a club legend

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jamie Carragher alongside Virgil van Dijk at Melwood Photo: Jamie Carragher / Instagram

Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk needs to win silverware to become a Liverpool FC legend.

The Netherlands international has been a massive hit at the Merseyside outfit since his move to Liverpool FC from Southampton in a £75m deal in the 2018 January transfer window.

Van Dijk has already made a huge impact on Jurgen Klopp’s side after the Dutch centre-half improved the Liverpool FC defence over past 11 months or so.

The 27-year-old helped Liverpool FC to finish in fourth spot in the Premier League table and reach the Champions League final before a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.

Liverpool FC have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season alongside leaders Manchester City after conceding five times in 14 outings in the English top flight.

Alisson Becker’s £67m move to Liverpool FC from AS Roma in the summer has helped to improve the Reds defence alongside Van Dijk under Klopp.

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes the Netherlands international needs to get his hands on trophies to be considered a true club legend.

“He [Suarez] was possibly the best striker I played with,” Carragher told talkSPORT, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“Ability-wise you look what he’s done for Uruguay in tournaments, winning Champions Leagues and La Ligas with Barcelona. He – possibly ability-wise – is as good as any Liverpool player we’ve ever had in the history of the club.

“You think of people like Ian Rush in terms of ability, but those players took Liverpool to a European Cup, a title – Kenny Dalglish won the double famously with a goal at Stamford Bridge.”

He added: “I think with a club of Liverpool’s size, if you want to be remembered as one of the great players or a legend, you’ve got to take the club to something. Luis Suarez came very close to doing that in terms of the title and I think he would’ve done that.

“His name could’ve been right up there with those great attackers but I think the same is with Van Dijk also. At a club the size of Liverpool it’s about winning trophies, it’s not about just playing well for Liverpool.

“A proper Liverpool player takes the club to trophies and to heights they didn’t expect. He’s got the ability to do that.”

Van Dijk has scored one goal in 40 games in all competitions since his club record move to Liverpool FC from Southampton in January.

Liverpool FC will make the trip to Burnley in their next Premier League fixture on Wednesday night.

MORE: Latest Liverpool FC news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Laver Cup 2019
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal to again join forces with Roger Federer in Geneva
The Sport Review
Michael Owen: What I truly think of Paul Pobga at Man United
The Sport Review
All change for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as shortlist of nominees kept under wraps