Neville claims Man Utd man would be good Van Dijk partner at Liverpool

Date published: Tuesday 16th February 2021 7:33 - Samuel Bannister

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has suggested that Victor Lindelof would be a better fit for Liverpool than his old club.

Lindelof has endured mixed fortunes since joining United from Benfica in 2017. However, he has established himself as the first-choice partner to Harry Maguire.

That partnership has not been the most successful so far though, with the duo regularly coming in for criticism.

Their problems were highlighted after United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday. Neville criticised them for their role in the early goal they conceded.

However, reflecting further on the situation, Neville clarified that he does not think either of them are bad defenders. They just appear to be the wrong fit alongside each other.

The former right-back even suggested Lindelof would do better if he was at rivals Liverpool.

“Victor Lindelof’s problem is Harry Maguire and Harry Maguire’s problem is Victor Lindelof,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“I think if you put Lindelof alongside Van Dijk at Liverpool… he’s a fantastic player, I think he’s a really good player.

“He understands the game, he reads the game, if he was alongside a Rio Ferdinand or a Virgil van Dijk, I think they would make a great pair.

“The problem is he’s alongside someone who isn’t the most mobile in Harry Maguire. That’s the problem he’s got because they’re going to find someone who can play alongside Maguire because they invested £80m in him.

“I actually think Lindelof is a really good player and if Liverpool were looking for a centre-back pairing, I think he would do a really good job at Liverpool alongside Virgil van Dijk.

“The problem is I don’t think he does a great job alongside Maguire because they both drop back and they’ve got to get up the pitch more.”

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Maguire defends Lindelof

Centre-back partner Maguire also defended Lindelof after the draw with West Brom.

The United captain said his teammate knows he can do better, but doesn’t need to be constantly reminded.

“I’m fed up of hearing ‘Vic can do better’,” Maguire said. “Of course he can do better, and I know he can.

“But I’m fed up of hearing ‘people can do better’.”

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