'Rolls Royce of a player': Paul Merson tips one Liverpool ace to shine against Chelsea
Paul Merson has singled Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk out for praise ahead of the Reds‘ Premier League meeting with Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges have started the season superbly, winning both their games, scoring five and conceding none.
Van Dijk was injured for most of last season and Liverpool really missed his quality in the back four.
However, the 30-year-old is now back to fitness and played the full 90 minutes against Norwich and Burnley.
Liverpool are set for the biggest test of the season so far as they face Thomas Tuchel’s Blues at Anfield.
Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku for a reported £97.5million this summer and he absolutely tormented Arsenal last week.
Merson reckons that, if any player can handle the Belgian’s quality, it’s Van Dijk.
“You’ve got Virgil van Dijk who is a Rolls Royce of a player,” Merson wrote on Sky Sports.
“Will Lukaku go and pick Van Dijk to play on? I don’t think so.
“That is what Chelsea will have to do – try and take Van Dijk out of the game – but Van Dijk is so cute and will just come around Lukaku if he is being pinned.
“Van Dijk’s pace allows Liverpool to take that risk of playing higher safe in the knowledge he will deal with that ball over the top.
“But Lukaku is willing to run, he’s both quick and powerful, and just adds a completely new dimension to Chelsea’s attack, which previously didn’t have powerful runners off the ball and in behind.
“Not many people are willing to run without the ball but Lukaku is, and if Liverpool play that high line all it will take is for Lukaku to latch onto one ball in behind and it’ll be see you later.”
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