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Frank de Boer deployed Van Dijk at striker for Netherlands - useful plan B

Liverpool have one of the meanest defences in world football, at least they did. Sure, they’ve been sloppy in recent weeks but we can chalk this up to rustiness, calculated risks and a lack of fans keeping them on their game. The crown jewel of our defence was recently used in an unfamiliar role – Frank de Boer played Virgil van Dijk at striker for the Netherlands, he’d be a useful plan B when we’re desperate for a goal.

Frank de Boer played Virgil van Dijk at striker for the Netherlands (Photo by Nikola Krstic/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Disappointing night for Netherlands

Frank de Boer was recently appointed as head coach for the Dutch national team after Ronald Koeman stepped down to take over at Barcelona.

The ex-Premier League manager hasn’t had a great start, the Netherlands were defeated 1-0 by Mexico during the break and have now failed to beat Bosnia in a bore draw.

Italy are next up for the Dutch with the Italians playing host in a UEFA Nations League fixture.

De Boer plays Van Dijk at striker

When things were looking dire for the Dutch, unable to break down Bosnia, De Boer decided to play Van Dijk at striker.

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The 29-year-old centre back was chucked up top for the final minutes of the game as his side tried desperately to grab a goal.

The thinking behind the move is obvious: he is a massive target, he wins everything in the air, you can hope to get a knock down off him or for him to head one in himself.

Klopp should follow suit

We sometimes find ourselves needing a goal with moments to go due to defences digging in deep against us, using a low block in order to stop us getting behind.

We could follow suit and stick Van Dijk up front for these final moments. Fabinho has shown that he can drop into defence when needed, he can fill in.

There is also the consideration that if a team is digging in deep against us then they are unlikely to try and launch an ambitious counter when it is widely known how lethal we can be with our own counter.

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