Robertson claims Euro 2020 absence is great news for Liverpool and van Dijk
Andy Robertson has made ‘selfish’ claims about Virgil van Dijk amid Euro 2020 this summer.
The Scotsman has claimed the fact van Dijk is going to miss Euro 2020 is a boost for the Reds.
Van Dijk’s season was ended prematurely after a horror tackle by Jordan Pickford last October.
He ruled himself out of this summer’s tournament back in May to focus on recovering from his lengthy knee problem.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands were drawn in a tough group and will face the likes of France and Spain this month.
When talking about the centre-back’s injury, Robertson said: “Obviously he is disappointed, but he has made the best decision for his body and that’s why he has ruled himself out.”
“It’s a huge loss for Holland. But from a selfish point of view if he is fully fit and ready for next season then that obviously helps Liverpool because – for me – he is the best defender in the world and hopefully next season and in other seasons to come he will show that again.”
TBR View: Van Dijk Euro 2020 absence would be a massive boost for Liverpool
Liverpool’s biggest problem following van Dijk’s injury was the lack of presence at the heart of the defence.
His towering figure, calmness on the ball and electric pace was a huge miss as the club barely scraped into the Champions League.
Ozan Kabak, Nat Phillips and Fabinho were tasked with playing at centre-half although to disastrous effect.
Both the Turk and the Englishman possessed a passing accuracy below 90%. Their inability to move the ball as smoothly as the former Southampton man caused issues.
The clash against Leicester City was a real eye-opener for Jurgen Klopp. Brendan Rodgers’ men tore through the Liverpool defence as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.
Kabak and Phillips played that afternoon, struggling to handle the pace of Jamie Vardy.
Robertson has made a truthful claim about van Dijk and his Euro 2020 absence.
A return for the start of the Premier League campaign would be brilliant news for Klopp and his side. Van Dijk’s absence from Euro 2020 should boost his recovery as the Reds look to welcome back a cornerstone of their team.