Liverpool’s rivals kicking themselves for overlooking world class star – pundit

Liverpool's rivals kicking themselves for overlooking world class star - pundit

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton says that Liverpool’s Premier League rivals will be kicking themselves for turning down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk while he was still at Celtic.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in a challenging away test at Selhurst Park on Monday and the game offered a refreshing look at just how good Jürgen Klopp’s side is at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez nullifying the threat posed by Benteke and Zaha.

Salah, Mané and Firmino weren’t at their electrifying best but Liverpool’s stability at the back let the trio coast through the game without dire consequences, contrasting with past games against Palace.

Chris Sutton has said that van Dijk’s immense defending at Selhurst Park will serve as a reminder to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals about their mistake in overlooking the Dutchman while he was at Celtic.

“The sides who looked at van Dijk and rejected him were not judging the player but the league he played in,” claimed Sutton in his ​Daily Mail column.

“Van Dijk was not the finished article at Celtic. He sometimes had a tendency to coast in games and could not always keep concentration for the whole 90 minutes.

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“He has always played with a confident strut but that does not mean he is lazy. He is a graceful player who oozes class. Since arriving at Anfield in January, he has transformed Liverpool’s defensive unit beyond recognition.

“​Liverpool’s Premier League rivals who had a chance to sign him from Celtic will be kicking themselves for not taking him seriously.”

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