Liverpool didn’t just drop points this weekend, they also lost one of their star players. The Reds were robbed at Goodison Park in every sense of the word. News broke last night that Jürgen Klopp will be without his best defender for the rest of the season. Danny Murphy was gutted reacting to the Virgil van Dijk injury, calling him the best he’s ever seen.
Goodison Park horror show
Liverpool have played out some historic encounters at Goodison Park over the years but this weekend saw one of the most controversial in some time.
The Reds went up early doors thanks to Sadio Mane but lost one of their key players shortly after.
Jordan Pickford lunged at Virgil van Dijk, forcing the Dutchman off – just why the keeper wasn’t dismissed is anybody’s guess.
The Everton goalie went on to make some extraordinary saves throughout the game.
Just when the Reds had clinched the result they deserved, Sadio Mane was controversially adjudged offside.
Danny Murphy on Virgil van Dijk
We learned last night that the Reds defender will likely be out for the season with an ACL injury suffered as a result of the Pickford lunge.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Danny Murphy reacting to the Van Dijk injury, the ex-Liverpool midfielder was clearly gutted and told the show:
“They’re going to be worse off without him. They’re going to be more vulnerable defensively without Van Dijk because he’s the best in the world, he’s the best centre half I’ve ever seen, he’s that good.”
What RTK has to say
Is Danny Murphy going a bit over the top in his Van Dijk assessment? Perhaps for some people.
However, the way that the Dutchman plays the game is so effortless, graceful and consistent that it is hard to argue that he isn’t up there with the best ever.
He has been at the top of world football for a few years now, barely putting a foot wrong along the way. Sure, we have quality there to fill in but any side that loses a player of his calibre will be worse off for it.