By Danny Wright
Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans doesn’t think that Virgil van Dijk is the right type of player to sort out Jurgen Klopp’s defensive woes.
The Southampton centre-back is widely reported to be the Reds’ No 1 target this summer with the player recently handing in a transfer request in order to try and force a move away from St. Mary’s.
However instead of the Saints stopper, Evans, 68, believes that Liverpool need someone more in the mould of Anfield hero Jamie Carragher, who can prove to be a real leader in the back line.
“They need somebody like a Jamie Carragher, someone who verbally puts people in their places, pulls people together,” said Evans to TalkSport, as quoted on their website.
“I don’t know if the Van Dijk lad is really verbal and is an organiser but if we were to have that sort of player, it would make a massive difference to the team.”
Liverpool’s defensive frailties have been exposed in both of their first two competitive matches of the season against Watford and Hoffenheim.
The Hornets managed to smash three goals against the Reds on Saturday in a 3-3 draw while Klopp’s men were lucky to walk away from Germany with a win after Simon Mignolet saved a penalty in their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off first leg.
Evans isn’t the first pundit to have pinpointed Liverpool’s defence as their biggest problem, as it is widely seen across the board as one of the areas that Klopp needs to improve this summer.
However the only addition made to it since last season ended is left-back Andrew Robertson as the van Dijk transfer saga looks to rumble on.
In other Liverpool news, Mick Quinn has torn to shreds this senior Reds player after his outing at Hoffenheim.