‘Off the pace’: Jamie O’Hara says £220k-a-week Liverpool star is ‘not the same player’ this season
The Reds have got off to a slow start this season by their high standards and currently sit sixth in the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park yesterday in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool could have lost if VAR had not ruled out Conor Coady’s effort late on in the game.
The Reds did create decent chances and Jordan Pickford was in fine form to deny Klopp’s men.
O’Hara says Van Dijk is ‘not the same player’
But O’Hara feels that Liverpool and the £220,000-a-week Van Dijk have struggled so far this season.
“I’m watching this Liverpool side at the moment and I’m looking at it going, Van Dijk’s not the same player, he looks off the pace. The midfield for me is a problem, I think they know that,” O’Hara told Sky Sports.
“Harvey Elliott, fantastic young player. But I look at Nunez upfront and he’s not firing. [Luiz] Diaz isn’t [Sadio] Mane and I think [Mohamed] Salah is struggling without Mane in the side.”
Van Dijk has arguably been Europe’s best centre-back over the past few seasons for Liverpool but has not been at his best during the current campaign.
And O’Hara thinks Klopp’s men could go from title challengers to struggling to make the top four this season.
He added: “They don’t seem to be the Liverpool that I am used to seeing. The edge they have over teams, that invincibility that they had over teams from last season where you turn up and think ‘oh here we’ and get beat by two or three.”
“I think teams now fancy themselves. They look at the team sheet, look at the midfield and think they’re young players, good young players, but it’s a midfield you look at with Liverpool and think ‘we can overrun this, we can win this’. And I think we’re seeing. I thought Everton were great and nearly won it.
“I’m worried for Liverpool. I think they could miss out on the top four. Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham. Then you’ve got Chelsea and Manchester United.”
Liverpool haven’t hit the ground running this season but Klopp hasn’t been helped by injuries to some of his key players.
The Reds and Van Dijk will undoubtedly soon get back to their best once they have players like Thiago back.
You may also like…
- Gary Neville labels Alexander-Arnold one of the great talents in this country
- ‘Very good stuff’: Kostas Tsimikas says he’s been really impressed by Liverpool’s £6.5m player in training
- ‘He is always there’: Kostas Tsimikas says Liverpool have a ‘world class’ player who he spends so much time with
- ‘Liverpool fans keep telling me’: BBC pundit slams Reds ace who’s ‘turned jogging into an art form’