Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has shared his honest opinion on £75m signing Virgil van Dijk ahead of Sunday’s mouth-watering Premier League clash against Spurs.
The 26-year-old Dutch defender, who desperately wanted to join Liverpool in the summer, signed from Southampton at the beginning of January.
Van Dijk has played three games for his new club but was benched for Tuesday’s impressive 3-0 away win at Huddersfield Town.
He is expected to return to the starting XI when Liverpool host Tottenham at Anfield this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday night and a win over Liverpool would see them climb above Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Croatian defender Dejan Lovren produced a woeful performance at Wembley earlier this season as Tottenham thrashed Liverpool 4-1.
CARRAGHER DROPS TRUTH BOMB ABOUT VAN DIJK
The 40-year-old Sky Sports pundit spent 17 years as a Liverpool defender and his opinion is widely respected by the Anfield faithful.
Van Dijk enjoyed a dream Liverpool debut – scoring in a 2-1 FA Cup win in the Merseyside derby – but has since struggled in shock defeats against Swansea City and West Brom.
“I think it will prove to be a great signing, but he hasn’t hit the ground running,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ The Debate show.
“I think he needs to get fit and lose a bit of weight. He actually looks too big. Maybe that’s to do with not having a pre-season.”
Klopp also suggested that van Dijk’s fitness wasn’t up to scratch this week, after leaving him out against Huddersfield.
The Liverpool manager said: “Southampton play a completely different style to us, plus the fitness thing. It’s clear, in half a year, Virgil will be a completely different player to last week or next week. That’s completely normal.
“It’s a very important position and very important that it is really tuned between the parts and stuff like that. For today, it was simply a physical thing and that’s it.”
It’s become clear that Van Dijk’s arrival will not be the instant solution to all of Liverpool’s defensive problems.