Former Liverpool boss questions Van Dijk’s leadership

The future of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been one of the main talking points of the summer transfer window.

As it stands, the Dutchman remains at St Mary’s with two weeks left to go until the window slams shut, but he has made it clear that he wants a move.

Last week, the 26-year-old handed in a transfer request, expressing his disappointment in the club for not considering any offers for him.

Liverpool and Chelsea have been touted as having an interest in the player, but the former were forced to apologise to Southampton earlier in the summer after being accused of tapping up.

On Wednesday, Saints chairman Ralph Krueger told BBC Sport that Van Dijk is not for sale, despite the former Celtic star making it clear that he wants to join another club in this window.

Roy Evans, who managed Liverpool between 1994 and 1998, thinks that his former club are desperately in need of a defender, but he is unsure whether Van Dijk fits the bill.

He told talkSPORT:

“They need somebody like a Jamie Carragher, someone who verbally puts people in their places, pulls people together. I don’t know if the Van Dijk lad is really verbal and is an organiser but if we were to have that sort of player, it would make a massive difference to the team.”

Liverpool’s defensive woes have been evident already this season after they conceded three goals in a 3-3 draw with Watford on the opening day of the Premier League campaign last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s men also let a goal in against Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier, and gave away a penalty, but Simon Mignolet managed to make the save.