You want to be a legend Virgil? Carragher has Liverpool message for impressive Van Dijk
Legend Jamie Carragher has claimed Virgil van Dijk must guide the club to silverware before he is considered a Liverpool great.
Van Dijk was signed by Jurgen Klopp last January in a deal worth £70 million and instantly turned the Reds into one of the most defensively solid sides in Europe, helping Liverpool to a top four finish and a Champions League final.
And he has continued his great start to Liverpool life this season, starring for Klopp’s side, helping the Reds to an impressive eight clean sheets in the first 13 games of the Premier League season.
However, to be considered a Liverpool legend Van Dijk needs to help his current side pick up some silverware, according to Carragher, as turning in good performances is simply not sufficient to achieve such a status.
He told the Sky Sports website: “I think with a club of Liverpool’s size, if you want to be remembered as one of the great players or a legend, you’ve got to take the club to something. Luis Suarez came very close to doing that in terms of the title and I think he would’ve done that.
“His name could’ve been right up there with those great attackers but I think the same is with Van Dijk also. At a club the size of Liverpool it’s about winning trophies, it’s not about just playing well for Liverpool.
“A proper Liverpool player takes the club to trophies and to heights they didn’t expect. He’s got the ability to do that.”
Can Van Dijk help Liverpool win some silverware?
Liverpool are now considered to be one of the best attacking sides in Europe and have a number of impressive players at the club, but Van Dijk needs help in the back-line and a world class midfielder in front of him for the Reds to really win something this season.
Klopp has a good starting eleven, but if he picks up a few injuries, the Reds could be in trouble and Van Dijk is a man they cannot afford to lose.
This season may not be the year they pick up the Premier League title or Champions League, but a few signings next summer and they will be 100 per cent ready to challenge Manchester City and the rest of Europe.