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Sport Campbell questions whether Liverpool's van Dijk is becoming complacent

14:15  11 october  2020
14:15  11 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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That they’ve become complacent . That certainly appears to be the opinion of Sol Campbell . “I know Van Dijk struggled in the Villa game, but he stands out these days because he’ s head and shoulders above everyone else, which makes me wonder if that is hampering him at the same time,” the former

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk that his team will not get carried away with their current position. The Reds’ 3-1 win over Manchester United last weekend saw them reach the top of the table. Despite their position in the table, van Dijk says that Liverpool will remain grounded.

Virgil van Dijk, John Terry, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams posing for the camera: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Sol Campbell has suggested that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is becoming complacent.

Van Dijk's outstanding performances in recent seasons have seen him establish himself as one of the best players in the world.

However, Van Dijk was part of the Liverpool side that were thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa recently.

Virgil van Dijk holding a football ball: Sol Campbell has suggested that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is becoming complacent © Provided by Daily Mail Sol Campbell has suggested that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is becoming complacent

Former Tottenham and Arsenal defender Campbell suggested that Van Dijk may be struggling as he wasn't tested enough previously.

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Campbell told The Athletic: 'I know Van Dijk struggled in the Villa game, but he stands out these days because he's head and shoulders above everyone else, which makes me wonder if that is hampering him at the same time.

'He's the complete player in that position and has made it look easy, but maybe he's not been challenged enough and then, like a cricketer being done by a slower ball, he's come unstuck.'

Van Dijk has enjoyed much success in recent seasons, helping Liverpool to win the Premier League title last campaign after winning the Champions League the previous year.

Sol Campbell standing next to a woman: Campbell indicated that Van Dijk is struggling as he hadn't previously been tested enough © Provided by Daily Mail Campbell indicated that Van Dijk is struggling as he hadn't previously been tested enough

Campbell believes that the fact Van Dijk went largely untroubled for so long has caused him to be more relaxed.

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The scout that helped bring Virgil van Dijk to Celtic tells BBC Sport about comparisons with Rio Ferdinand - and how far the Dutch defender can go. Van Dijk is not the only famous player to have started at Groningen - Ronald Koeman, Arjen Robben and Luis Suarez have all played for the club.

Liverpool ' s desire to sign Van Dijk comes through the size of the fee, which Manchester City - who were also interested - were not prepared to match. Van Dijk will become the sixth Southampton player signed by Liverpool since 2014 - at a total cost Van Dijk is a good player, yes, but for £75m?

He said: 'If you've not been worrying about forwards troubling you, sometimes you drop your guard a fraction. It's a natural human thing.

'Maybe that's seeped in a bit at Liverpool in general. I'm sure Jurgen Klopp will recognise that and get them back on track.'

John Terry holding a football ball: Campbell suggested Van Dijk may not have stood out when the likes of John Terry were playing © Provided by Daily Mail Campbell suggested Van Dijk may not have stood out when the likes of John Terry were playing In addition, Campbell suggested the likes of Tony Adams were superior to Van Dijk © Provided by Daily Mail In addition, Campbell suggested the likes of Tony Adams were superior to Van Dijk

Campbell also indicated that Van Dijk may not have stood out quite so much in his era, when there were a large amount of high quality centre-backs playing in England.

The likes of Tony Adams John Terry and Campbell himself all played in the same era, and the latter feels that Van Dijk may not have been able to match those standards.

Campbell said: 'It would be interesting to see if Van Dijk would have stood out had he been playing in our time when there were lots of great centre-halves: me, John Terry, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Jamie Carragher, Kolo Toure, Jaap Stam.'

Van Dijk will hope to help Liverpool bounce back when they face rivals and league leaders Everton away next weekend.

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