Paul Merson explains why Liverpool fans should be ‘worried’ about Virgil van Dijk

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link250Shares Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Liverpool fans should be a ‘little worried’ about Virgil van Dijk ahead of the Premier League run-in.With just six weeks left of the 2018-19 season, Liverpool find themselves two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, although City have a game in hand.Jurgen Klopp’s side face Tottenham this weekend, with City travel to west London to meet relelgation battlers Fulham.Van Dijk has been in superb form throughout the campaign but made an uncharacteristic error in the 2-1 victory over Fulham before the international break.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd, playing for Netherlands this week, the centre back failed to prevent Serge Gnabry from scoring a fantastic goal as his team were downed 3-2 by Germany.AdvertisementAdvertisementMerson, speaking to Sky Sports, said: ‘We saw a little glimpse of the old Van Dijk while he was on international duty with the Netherlands.‘He’s removed that lackadaisical element of his game this season at Liverpool, but we saw it against Germany when he casually strolled over to Serge Gnabry, and he whipped the ball into the top corner.‘That has not been Van Dijk this season, he has defended properly week in, week out. Paul Merson explains why Liverpool fans should be ‘worried’ about Virgil van Dijk Comment Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)‘I would be a little worried if I was a Liverpool fan seeing that because you cannot afford to do that against Kane.‘It may be easy for Van Dijk all afternoon but he has to remain focused throughout, because it only takes a second for someone like Kane to punish you.’Asked to identify the key battle in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Spurs, Arsenal hero Merson added: ‘There will be battles all over the place, but it has to be Van Dijk versus Kane.‘I watched Kane play against Montenegro and, at times, it was like England were playing with 10 men.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He was having a bad game and he does have bad games now and then, but he still popped up with a goal.‘The biggest compliment I can pay to Kane is that his confidence never wanes, he could be having the worst game but he’ll never shy away, he will keep on trying things and getting involved.‘The problem for Liverpool is that Van Dijk could have Kane in his pocket for 89 minutes and then, bang, Kane does something out of the ordinary.’While Liverpool can retain their position at the top of the table this weekend, Spurs will hope to bounce back after suffering a worrying dip in form before the international break.MORE: Eddie Hearn speaks out on potential Wladimir Klitschko comeback after £60m DAZN offer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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