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It’s been a great opportunity to learn from van Dijk – Gomez

It’s been a great opportunity to learn from van Dijk – Gomez

Liverpool defender, Joe Gomez has stated that it is a great opportunity for him to learn from a disciplined defender like Virgil van Dijk and he is quite fulfilled to have him train with him as he believes he is no obstacle to his development.

Van Dijk has become a regular member of Jurgen Klopp squad since he completed his world-record £75m move to Liverpool in January, further increasing the competition in Gomez’s preferred position of center-back.

The 20-year-old has played the majority of his football as a full-back so far this season but states that he is taking the full advantage of the privilege to learn from Van Dijk ahead of his eventual expected move into the middle.

He said: “I didn’t see it as blocking my path or anything like that. It’s a great opportunity to learn from him.”

“I am not overly stressing about it or paranoid about other people coming in. It’s great to be in environments where I can learn from players like that. I am just trying to soak it all up and be the best sponge I can be.

“I think he has a great presence, everyone sees that. He is very dominant in the way he plays and his body language shows that he has quality on the ball.”

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Van Dijk won’t solve Liverpool’s defensive crisis – Hamann

Van Dijk won’t solve Liverpool’s defense

Former Liverpool midfielder, Dietmar Hamann has stated that even assigning top-rated defender, Virgil van Dijk was a good show of intention for the Reds, he believes the former Southampton man [van Dijk] alone won’t solve Liverpool defensive challenges.

Liverpool brought the defender to Anfield in the just concluded transfer window after shattering the transfer record for a defender as they paid over £75million for van Dijk in a bid to bring an end to their worries at the back.

And even as the former player admits that he is a good signing, he added that about one or two more defensive signings are still required to compete.

“The backline has been an issue for a long time,” he told Omnisport.

“I think Van Dijk will improve them, I think he brings pace and a physical presence to the team but I think they lack a holding midfielder.

“I believe a holding midfielder has been absent for a while now so unless they bring in someone who really protects the back four, I think Van Dijk will improve them but not as much as I think they need to be improved to really solve the crisis completely and challenge for titles on a consistent basis.”

Hamann featured in 283 matches for Liverpool, winning two FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League in the process, however, a holding midfielder in the likeness of the combative German is obviously absent in the Red’s squad.

Klopp has club captain, Jordan Henderson, and Emre Can in his defensive midfield but Hamman thinks Henderson displays excellence in some games but he believes compatriot, Emre Can is far from it and the club shouldn’t be so bothered about his contract situation as the midfielder is in the last six months of his contract.

He added: “I would like to see him at Liverpool still next season but at the same time Liverpool gave him the opportunity to play in a very good team and if he were to go, yes he’d be a loss in a way but I wouldn’t be held to ransom by a player who has performed OK, because OK for Liverpool is not good enough.”