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Riise on Van Dijk’s return and Liverpool’s transfer plans

Fri 15 January 2021 | 16:41

Despite their long list of injuries the ex-Reds player insists that Klopp does not need a new centre-half.



full-back, John Arne Riise, believes that though

Virgil van Dijk

’s return is yet to be decided, the Reds coach, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have to spend money on a new centre-half.

Klopp has already set his eyes on a few players for January transfer season despite the possibility of the return of his men before the end of the season.




of Liverpool’s current situation, saying:

“When Virgil van Dijk first got injured I wasn't surprised they didn't seem interested in bringing in a replacement because they had Joe Gomez.”

“But then Gomez got injured himself so I thought they might look to bring someone in. At the same time, who is available that's going to be good enough to come in and do a job?"

“You'd have to spend a lot of money on getting someone who is better than what Liverpool currently have available to them, and then when Van Dijk returns and Gomez comes back, what are you going to do with the player you spent big money on?”

“Klopp clearly has belief in the players he has available to him and to be fair to them they've been good this season - but I can't wait for Van Dijk to come back.”

“Nobody is speaking about Van Dijk's return which is a bit of a worry. I've seen him working on the bikes and things but we don't seem to have a date on exactly when he'll be fit again. I just hope it's sooner rather than later.”

The Reds are expected to face

Manchester United

on Sunday, whom they are able to defeat, believes Riise.

“Goals have dried up in the last few games but I think the return of Thiago Alacantara is going to put an end to that. He's such an important player to this Liverpool side,”

he added.

“His passes can open up defences and he'll keep things ticking over in the middle of the park, creating chances for his team-mates. He's the main player the team needs back.”

“If he plays on Sunday, he'll be the one who opens up Man Utd's defence. For United, Bruno Fernandes is going to be their main man on Sunday - and Thiago is the guy for Liverpool.”

source: SportMob