Jamie Redknapp is backing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to return to his pre-ACL harm ranges – and reckons the rise of one other Premier League star will act as a strong inspiration.
The talismanic Holland defender missed the vast majority of final season and Euro 2020. That’s after he sustained a serious ACL injury during the clash with Everton at Goodison Park back in October. That contributed in the direction of a tough marketing campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.
Nonetheless, they did end strongly to safe Champions League soccer. And the Reds seemingly picked up the place they left off on the opening weekend. That’s after objectives from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah earned a comfortable away victory at Carrow Road.
They had been additionally nicely marshalled on the again by the return of Van Dijk. And Redknapp reckons he’ll quickly return to his absolute best – and claims the rise of Ruben Dias at Manchester Metropolis will spur him on.
Dias joined Pep Guardiola’s aspect in a big-money transfer from Benfica final summer season. And he topped an imperious season by successful the Participant of the Yr award – and snatching Van Dijk’s crown because the Premier League’s finest defender.
Redknapp although reckons competitors between the pair is usually a good factor.
“The truth that he needed to watch from the sidelines final yr as Ruben Dias stole the present as one of the best defender within the league. He’ll be motivated to indicate he’s one of the best this season,” Redknapp stated on Sky Sports.
“He’s an imposing footballer and also you don’t see that fairly often. He was in all probability watching everybody waxing lyrical about Ruben Dias and he needs that mantle as one of the best defender within the Premier League.”
Liverpool suffered closely throughout Van Dijk’s harm absence. Redknapp although thinks his rehabilitation has been dealt with extraordinarily nicely by the Merseysiders.
“I feel it’s been timed completely, and he’s not been rushed in an excessive amount of. For me, he’s among the finest I’ve ever seen,” stated Redknapp.
“The reassurance he offers everybody round him. It’s onerous while you’ve been out for such a very long time. I feel it’s been timed completely, and he’s not been rushed in an excessive amount of.”
Van Dijk on title problem
Van Dijk will seemingly preserve his place within the aspect for the go to of Burnley to Anfield on Saturday.
And a second win of the season will assist the feel-good issue develop at Anfield.
Van Dijk commented: “This yr goes to be thrilling for a lot of causes, personally however as a group as nicely. For those who have a look at the groups round us bettering, who need to compete for the Premier League title; clearly we need to be up there as nicely.
“It’s going to be a Premier League full of top quality which all of us ought to get pleasure from. We now have a unbelievable squad – simply go for it and take every recreation because it comes.
“Seeing the followers again is a giant increase, but additionally simply enjoying the video games, the Premier League, one of the best league on this planet. You need to be on the market, you need to carry out, you need to compete, you need to win.
“To have the ability to try this with followers once more as a group, hopefully we keep match all of us, that’s one thing to be enthusiastic about. We’ll give it a correct go and take it recreation by recreation.”