Jamie Carragher hails the ‘leadership’ shown by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad in the absence of Virgil van Dijk as Reds continue to impress despite their ongoing injury crisis
- Jamie Carragher has praised the ‘leadership’ shown by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
- The Reds have been without Virgil van Dijk and had a spate of injuries recently
- But Carragher believes other players have stepped up during the fitness crisis
- Liverpool were sublime as they brushed aside Leicester 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday
Jamie Carragher believes there is now ‘more leadership’ within the Liverpool squad and that members of Jurgen Klopp’s side have stepped up in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch defender suffered a long-term injury in last month’s Merseyside derby after a horror tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford left him needing knee surgery.
Klopp has also had to contend with injuries to Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in recent weeks, while Mohamed Salah has been absent after testing positive for coronavirus.
Jamie Carragher has hailed the ‘leadership’ within the Liverpool squad amid their injury woes
Carragher says members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad have stepped up in Virgil van Dijk’s absence
Despite being ravaged by injuries, Liverpool produced arguably their best performance of the season on Sunday night to thrash Leicester 3-0.
But Carragher feels the rest of the Liverpool squad have stepped up in the absence of Klopp’s injured stars, particularly Van Dijk, and are showing leadership characteristics that weren’t there before.
‘When you have that huge figure you look to in a certain position, and he’s out, it’s up to others to step in,’ the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports.
‘Sometimes it is not just one player, it can be three or four at one time. What we are seeing now is that there is maybe a lot more leadership from other people.’
Liverpool were handed a minor boost in Van Dijk’s long road to recovery last week when he started light recovery rehabilitation work.
The Dutch defender suffered a long-term knee injury thanks to Jordan Pickford last month
Liverpool have maintained their form though, including a 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday
The central defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and, after having surgery, Van Dijk confirmed on October 18 that he’d finalised his rehabilitation plan with a knee specialist.
The Holland international has now commenced low impact recovery work ahead of his return with a view to preparing his body for the next phase of his rehab.
Gomez is already set to miss the rest of the campaign with a ruptured patella tendon suffered on England duty earlier this month.
It has left Joel Matip as the club’s only recognised senior centre-back. Fabinho has been playing as a makeshift centre-half after Van Dijk’s injury, though he too has missed games through injury.
Liverpool moved level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League on Sunday night and host Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.