LIVERPOOL ace Virgil van Dijk is “too laid again” and that should change if he’s to enhance as a participant, in accordance with his Holland boss Ronald Koeman.
Van Dijk has been a revelation since becoming a member of from Southampton in January for a £75m world-record price – for a defender – serving to the Reds attain the Champions League last.
The 27-year-old has been lauded for his easy fashion of defending, and has proved to be the heartbeat of Jurgen Klopp’s again 4.
Nevertheless, Koeman, who signed the Dutchman three years in the past whereas answerable for Southampton, says the defender is way from the completed article.
He mentioned: “I informed Virgil inside 30 seconds of the top of the sport in opposition to France (the 2-1 defeat within the Nations League final month) what I believed.
‘I do know him so nicely – and which means I do know the place all his little faults are.
“Virgil has to enhance, not quite a bit, however typically he’s a bit too laid again. That should change.”
He added: “There are moments as a defender when you ought to be not more than three ft away from the striker you’re marking.
“And, notably in Van Dijk’s case, due to the power and energy he has he’s too laid again.”
Van Dijk will remember to play a key position for Koeman’s males over the subsequent week, with Holland assembly Germany in a UEFA Nations League conflict on Saturday earlier than heading to Belgium for a pleasant subsequent Tuesday.