Tuesday, April 16, 2024

‘Pay attention to me!’ – Virgil van Dijk has recommendation for ‘remarkable’ Liverpool gem


Virgil van Dijk has been making a song the praises of 1 Liverpool teammate whilst additionally imploring him to heed his recommendation.

The Dutchman used to be joined at Anfield within the wintry weather by way of global colleague Cody Gakpo, who’s already proven he appears to be like able to filling the centre-forward void left by way of the departing Bobby Firmino.

The 31-year-old has been thrilled with what his more youthful compatriot has demonstrated right through his first few months with the Reds, despite the fact that he’s advised the attacker to stay grounded.

Van Dijk stated (by way of 90min): “I feel it’s an overly, very tough position to play and I feel Cody’s doing remarkable. He’s nonetheless finding out, nonetheless adapting.

“For my part, Bobby has been some of the best possible on this position. Cody, it’s his first six months and he’s already doing so smartly, in order that’s a good signal and he has to stay going, stay each ft at the floor, and pay attention to me!”

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Gakpo has plundered a decent tally of six objectives and 3 assists in his first 20 Premier League video games (Transfermarkt), a go back which should had been upper just for his strike in opposition to Aston Villa on Saturday to be harshly disallowed – sarcastically for a contentious offside name in opposition to Van Dijk.

The standard of his completing has additionally stood out, no longer least along with his pleasant dink over David de Gea for his 2d function within the 7-0 demolition of Manchester United in March.

His total play has observed him rank 3rd amongst Liverpool’s squad for WhoScored‘s efficiency metrics with 7.03, in the back of most effective Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, whilst no Reds participant has been fouled extra instances in line with fit (1.7) than the Dutchman.

There are myriad examples of forwards who rip up the Eredivisie most effective to therefore fight within the Premier League, however the early indicators point out that Gakpo will make the transition extra easily than maximum.

Firmino’s departure gives the 24-year-old the chance to actually nail down his position in Jurgen Klopp’s beginning XI over the approaching years, and he may just do so much worse than tackle board any recommendation from a former PFA Participant of the Yr in Van Dijk!

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