Neville admits he was wrong about Van Dijk


Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has admitted that he was wrong to question the price Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk.

The Holland international moved to Anfield from Premier League side Southampton at the start of the year for a world record fee of £75m – which raised a few eyebrows outside of the club.

But the twenty-seven year old has silenced his critics with some superb performances in Jurgen Klopp’s side and it has seen the outspoken Sky Sports pundit have to eat his words.

“I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75million.” he said on his podcast.

“And I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had.

“He’s a monster, and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam. It looks like he just throws people out of the way.” he added.

Neville has praised Klopp for adding depth to his midfield options after seeing them stretched last season as he battled domestically and on the continent.

“You look at that midfield with Wijnaldum, Keita and Milner, with Henderson still to come in. There is some strength in depth there.” he continued.

“Can Liverpool reproduce that high-intensity football Saturday-Wednesday? And did they need another centre-forward in case Firmino is out?

“Because I do think there is a big drop in intensity in their play when him or Salah are not playing.” he said.

It seems that most people are expecting Liverpool to be the number one challengers as Manchester City look to retain the Premier League title they won in record fashion last season – and Neville feels Klopp’s side have “got the measure” of them.

“I think Liverpool are the side, they will feel threatened by directly.” he continued.

“Certainly in terms of the style of play, Liverpool have certainly got the measure of Manchester City. You can see that.

“City like to push up the pitch, the centre-backs play high and even push in when they’re attacking. The likes of Mane, Salah, Firmino, if you leave space in-behind, they just cut right through you.

“I think directly there is a threat, and I think indirectly in terms of the bigger picture in the league, certainly with the signings they have made, the good feeling of getting into a Champions League final and finishing in the top four consecutive seasons is something where City will feel a threat.

“People are not feeling that way about Manchester United or Tottenham or Chelsea at this moment in time, because of what has happened in pre-season.

“So those teams will have to work their way into City’s thoughts.” he finished.

Liverpool fans are waiting for Neville to backtrack over his negative comments about Xherdan Shaqiri during the World Cup.

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