Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is showing signs of a dip in form.
The Dutchman was partly culpable in the mix up with Alisson for Fulham’s goal against the Reds in the 2-1 win last time out. However, Merson highlighted Serge Gnabry’s goal for Germany against the Netherlands as more concerning.
The TV pundit thinks van Dijk’s laid back defending allowed the winger the opportunity to score, with it being reminiscent of his performances for Southampton:
“He 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. I would be a little worried if I was a Liverpool fan seeing that because you cannot afford to do that against Kane.”
Gnabry’s goal from outside the box was a superb strike, and while van Dijk shouldn’t have let him come back onto his stronger foot, it wasn’t a massive error.
If the Dutchman starts losing aerial battles and fails to track markers then Liverpool fans should become more concerned. As things stand, though, the centre-half continues to look imperious for the most part and he will be hoping to keep Tottenham striker Harry Kane quiet on Sunday evening.