3 things Liverpool FC should do to fix their defensive issues due to Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury.
Liverpool FC have officially confirmed that their superstar defender Virgil van Dijk is set to be ruled for at least 6 to 8 months due to ACL injury.
The Reds have conquering both the European and domestic competitions ever since the Dutch centre-back joined the club in January 2018 for £75 million – the world record fee back then for a defensive centre back
For the first time in almost 3 years Liverpool have come to such a serious defensive crisis issue in their dominant Jurgen Klopp era of the recent past.
But here are 3 things Liverpool FC should do to fix their defensive issues without Virgil van Dijk:
Promote their youth
Liverpool should give it a try when it comes to young defenders in the club’s academy ranks.
The Reds luckily have Nathaniel Phillips, Sepp van den Berg, Billy Koumetio and Rhy Williams – the four academy young centre-backs with lots of potential.
At least one or two deserve a start or compete from the bench regularly in first team for the defending Premier League champions.
Play Fabinho and Henderson at CB
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has the experience of playing as defender during similar crisis before and after Virgil van Dijk joined the club.
Currently, the Brazilian central midfielder Fabinho looks very likely to cover that role for the upcoming matches this season.
Sign the replacement of their legend
The Reds have sold their under appreciated defensive legend Dejan Lovren in the summer transfer window and did not even consider signing the replacement of the Croatian defender.
But this January they should take defensive crisis as the perfect lesson and go ahead by using the time to sign the replacement of their legend.
Can Liverpool replace Virgil van Dijk and hold on to their Premier League crown this season?