Liverpool centre again Virgil van Dijk’s prolonged absence by way of a knee damage has opened up the Premier League title race and the champions should look to signal a alternative within the January switch window, former defender Jamie Carragher mentioned.
Dutchman Van Dijk could have surgical procedure for broken ligaments sustained in Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw towards Everton after a problem by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
“The massive query you’re taking a look at now could be, can Liverpool win the league with out Van Dijk there? I believe it blows the title race huge open,” Carragher instructed Sky Sports activities.
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“I nonetheless felt firstly of this season Liverpool had been the group to beat. With Van Dijk out for what seems like the entire season, it’s going to be all on for Liverpool.
“Liverpool have to enter the market in January and never simply due to Van Dijk’s damage. They had been weak in that space anyway. They misplaced (Dejan) Lovren earlier than the beginning of the season… others in these positions are damage susceptible.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy described Van Dijk as the most effective centre again on this planet and mentioned that Liverpool could be extra weak with out him.
“Fabinho can drop in there if (Joel) Matip and (Joe) Gomez are struggling however past that, there’s not a lot there,” Murphy instructed the BBC. “They’ve bought get by way of to January with out him (Van Dijk).”
Van Dijk mentioned in an announcement that he hoped to make a fast return.
“In soccer and in life, I imagine every thing occurs for a motive and it’s essential to attempt to maintain level-headed whether or not going although the highs or the lows,” he mentioned.