It is a myth that Liverpool were lucky with injuries last season. The Reds suffered a number of losses to the first team throughout their title winning campaign, they just coped with these absences well. Now that the club have lost one of their most important players for the entirety of the season, they’ll need to adjust. Liverpool could return to their all out attack approach in answer to the Virgil van Dijk injury.
Virgil van Dijk injury
Liverpool fans were heartbroken this weekend when we found out that Virgil van Dijk will likely be out for the season after tearing his ACL.
The Dutchman suffered the injury after being lunged at by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.
For some bizarre reason the Everton keeper wasn’t sent off. The referee and the VAR neglected to give the keeper his marching orders, much to the bewilderment of fans and pundits alike.
Liverpool return to all out attack
Before Virgil van Dijk, before Alisson Becker, we would just outscore teams.
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The Reds would go out and absolutely terrify us. They would win games 4-3 and 5-3 and 3-2 and any other high scoring, tight margin you can think of.
It was thrilling but it was dangerous. In Virgil’s absence we’ve got to accept that we’ll be more vulnerable defensively. These vulnerabilities will mean we have to score more goals.
Liverpool returning to their all out attacking style could stun opposition, if we can put a few past them early on, like we did under Brendan Rodgers and in the early days of the Jürgen Klopp era, we can still set ourselves apart from the pack.
It is going to be a long, hard and terrifying season. We’re in for some heart attacks, it’ll be glorious.
Have we just had it too easy for too long?