Sol Campbell called out Virgil van Dijk to become potentially complacent and wondered how good he would be in another era.
Although the Dutchman has proven the catalyst for Liverpool’s success in recent seasons, his form has been in the spotlight this season following a high-profile mistake against newly-promoted Leeds United in the opener. and now the Reds’ 7-2 beating at Aston. Villa last time.
“He’s the all-around player in that position and made it easy, but maybe he wasn’t challenged enough and then like a slower-pitched cricketer he came off. .
“If you don’t worry about attackers bothering you, sometimes you let your guard down a bit. It’s a natural human thing.
“Maybe it has seeped a bit into Liverpool in general. I’m sure Jurgen Klopp will recognize this and get them back on track.
“It would be interesting to see if Van Dijk would have stood out if he had played in our time when there were a lot of good center-backs: me, John Terry, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Jamie Carragher, Kolo Toure, Jaap Stam .
“It would be interesting to see how he fits in with all of these guys. And we’ve all had Robbie Fowler, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Duncan Ferguson all approaching us in very different ways, not to mention defenders like Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh, Gerry Taggart at Leicester.
“You had your work cut out for you. You had to be on it, brave in the air, because if you weren’t, they would beat you.
“They were fast, strong, tall, skillful… every week you were tested. I think Van Dijk would be okay, he would deal with that, but it would be interesting to watch. He would certainly be under pressure. “