Liverpool’s 75 million pounds ($101 million) protector Virgil van Dijk expected to observe just the initial three minutes of his new team’s match against Leicester City on Saturday to find the test that lies ahead.
Liverpool has now conceded 24 times in 21 group diversions this season, 12 more than pioneers Manchester City, and just three less than the group at the base of the table, West Bromwich Albion.
Van Dijk, who will authoritatively join Liverpool from Southampton when the January transfer window opens, scarcely had an opportunity to sit down in the Anfield remain before his partners talented Leicester the lead following a trio of oversights.
They at first made a wreck of playing out from the back and when Leicesters Vicente Iborra beat Emre Can to a free ball, Liverpool’s protection left a hole sufficiently broad for him to play in the unmanaged Riyad Mahrez, who thusly squared for Jamie Vardy to scoop the ball into a vacant net.
Jürgen Klopp’s group recuperated honourably and ought to have won by far more noteworthy edge than 2-1 – earned by Mohamed Salah’s second-half support – yet the shortcoming of their safeguard was indeed a state of discourse.
Fourth-placed Liverpool has now yielded 24 times in 21 Premier League games this season, 12 more than pioneers Manchester City, seven more than seventh-put Burnley and just three less than the group at the base of the table, West Bromwich Albion.
Van Dijk’s entry should help, not slightest because he does not commit errors, for example, those that prompted Vardy’s objective on Saturday.
As indicated by Opta, the 26-year-old is one of just four centre-backs which have played at least 60 Premier League matches in the previous three seasons without making a mistake that brought about an objective.
Measurements additionally demonstrate that he made more handles and captures and had a prevalent pass exactness last season than the more significant part of Liverpool’s flow centre-backs. Thus the flexibility and innovativeness of Klopp’s back line ought to enhance extraordinarily.
Van Dijk’s entry will likewise give Klopp a new choice alternative in focal guard, where he is pivoting Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, and Ragnar Klavan.
Interestingly, Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho and Chelsea administrator Antonio Conte both have five centre-backs to pick from, while Manchester City director Pep Guardiola has four and is supposedly pursuing a fifth.
Klopp is apparently so urgent for Van Dijk’s landing that not long ago he depicted the exchange charge – a world record for a safeguard – as not by any stretch of the imagination intriguing.
He conceded on Saturday that he does not know the length of the Dutchman’s contract. My figure is possibly five or six years, he said.
His lone concern has all the earmarks of being guaranteeing Vardy is the last resistance player to be given a chance of free hit at Liverpool’s objective.