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'Out of this world': Carragher says 'outstanding' Liverpool player is now back to his very best after Ajax display
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'Out of this world': Carragher says 'outstanding' Liverpool player is now back to his very best after Ajax display

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was back to his very best for the Reds against Ajax.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Carragher said that van Dijk is among a group of Reds stars who have underperformed for much of the season.

But he said that the towering Dutchman reminded us all what he is capable of in the 2-1 victory over the champions of his native country in midweek.

Carragher also addressed van Dijk’s comments about pundit criticism, saying that the centre-back has largely avoided negative comments for most of his Liverpool career.

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Carragher on van Dijk

He said: “They have had injuries and three of four players – who have been outstanding – have not been playing at their best.

“Maybe Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, maybe Fabinho in midfield, Mo Salah, these players have been out of this world for four or five years and they haven’t been at their best at the start of this season, but that is allowed, it is normal. They are only human. We have all been there as players.

“Criticism does spike you. You saw a huge turnaround in Liverpool’s performance [against Ajax]. Individually, van Dijk was back to his best.

“If he wants to bite back at whoever that might be – I might be one of them or it might be somebody else – but I think Virgil van Dijk has had more pats on the back in the last five years in the Premier League.

“Maybe only Kevin De Bruyne in terms of classing them as the two best players in the league and in the world in their positions. So, he has done well out of not getting too much criticism in his career. There are people a lot worse off than him.”

Carragher is right to say that van Dijk has hardly had any criticism since he proved the fears over his price tag when signing from Southampton wrong.

The Dutchman has looked a level above at times for Liverpool but this year, he has looked human and had his fair share of struggles.

Now, he needs to show the levels he has in previous seasons consistently moving forward, looking forward to the World Cup later this year too.

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