Monday, September 16, 2019

The former Reds player believes the team would struggle without their star centre-back

Jamie Redknapp feels that Liverpool would only just sneak into the Premier League top four if they lost Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

Redknapp believes the City defender's absence gives Liverpool the upper hand in the title race, as it would be devastating blow to the Reds if the UEFA Player of the Year was taken out of their defence.

"This, for me, makes Liverpool favourites now; they're five points ahead and there's still an enormous amount of time to go," Redknapp said on Sky Sports.

"Sorry I keep saying it, but you've got a six-month injury to one of your best players. It's the equivalent of taking Virgil van Dijk out of [the] Liverpool back four, for me.

"That's what we've seen today. If you take Van Dijk out of Liverpool, it's a team that just scraped into the top four. You put him in the team... 97 points [in the league] last year, win the Champions League.

"That's how big of a difference that Laporte makes to Man City as well."


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