‘The truth is’: TalkSPORT pundit claims Liverpool fans are wrong about £220k-a-week star, only had ‘two good seasons’
Liverpool fell to a heavy defeat in their Champions League opener last night as they were beaten 4-1 by Napoli.
Jurgen Klopp’s men found themselves 3-0 down at half-time in Naples after some poor defensive moments.
And Cundy has singled out Van Dijk on TalkSPORT after speaking to a Liverpool fan on the show.
Cundy claims Liverpool fans are wrong about Van Dijk
The former Chelsea man slammed Liverpool’s backline after a poor display last night.
“No-one seems to be looking. That backline – [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, [Joe] Gomez, Van Dijk, [Andy] Robertson. Sorry, am I missing something?,” Cundy told TalkSPORT.
“Did you see one of the goals Alisson conceded tonight? Are you watching Van Dijk defend? Can we have an adult, grown-up, big-boy conversation about Liverpool?
“Because they’re happy to come on this station and laud it when they do this, that and the other. But when there’s a mistake, it’s this and that.”
Jamie O’Hara jumped to the defence of Jurgen Klopp’s men and said: “They’re having a bad period Jase [Jason Cundy]. Everyone’s entitled to a bad period. They’ve been unbelievable for three to four seasons.”
But Cundy then slammed the £220,000-a-week Van Dijk and said the Dutch defender has only had ‘two good seasons’ for Liverpool.
“Put your big-boy pants on and have a big-boy conversation about Van Dijk. No-one ever says it,” Cundy added.
“They think he’s the greatest centre-half this country has ever seen. The truth is, he’s had two good seasons and they’ve won one Premier League.
“And he’s had an injury and I feel for him. But the truth is, he’s nowhere near it right now.”
O’Hara then told Cundy that he cannot blame it all on Van Dijk after poor displays from Gomez and Alexander-Arnold.
But Cundy stuck to his guns and says Liverpool fans won’t admit that Van Dijk is no longer the player he used to be.
Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring inside five minutes after a hand-ball was given against James Milner.
Van Dijk then gave away a penalty just 10 minutes later after a challenge on Victor Osimhen but Alisson came to the rescue and denied the striker from the spot.
Napoli added two more through Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone after more questionable defending. The Reds did grab a consolation through Luis Diaz but it was too late for Klopp’s men.
Van Dijk has not been performing at his usual high standards this season. But Gomez had a particularly poor game last night as he gave the ball away in threatening positions.
Klopp has been hit with injuries to his midfield and the Reds have got off to an underwhelming start to the new campaign.
The German boss will be hoping his key players like Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah can step up over the coming weeks.
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