Liverpool’s worst fears have been fulfilled and Jürgen Klopp, their coach, he will not be able to count on Virgil van Dijk, pillar of the ‘red’ team, for most of the season. The Dutch defender and captain of the Netherlands team has torn the cruciate ligaments in his right knee. Klopp must now decide how to substitute during his absence a player who did, with the security he gave to his defense, with his ball out, with his mentality, with his personality, of Liverpool the team that today is.
As reported by the portal specialized in Liverpool Liverpoolecho, Van Dijk’s serious injury after Jordan Pickford’s entry in the derby last Saturday it may motivate Klopp to change his plans for the winter market and include the signing of a central defender in his plans.
But to begin with, everything points to the new axis behind the LiverpooHe could be formed by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, as happened on Saturday when Van Dijk was injured. In fact, they are the only two central seniors that the Anfield team now has in its squad. They have never started a meeting together as headlines.
Fabinho could also act in said demarcation, as the Brazilian media did in four games. Even Jordan Henderson, the captain, played center-back in the Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey. And Georginio Wijnaldum did it once, in a three-way defense against Brighton two years ago.
Perhaps there will even be those who now miss Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, so criticized and since this past summer in the ranks of Zenit, if not as a starter, yes to enter the rotations.
In reality Van Dijk, as the best center-back in the world that is considered, second after Leo Messi in the last Ballon d’Or, is irreplaceable. But Klopp and Liverpool have no choice but to move on without Big Virg, as they call him. On Wednesday they will visit Ajax at the start of the Champions League.
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