Kolo Toure says more players should try to challenge Virgil van Dijk in one-on-one situations, an area he feels the Dutchman can “struggle” in.
Eyebrows were raised when the Reds signed Van Dijk for £75million from Southampton in December 2017. However, he has proved to be an unmissable addition.
The 29-year-old has become a cornerstone of Liverpool’s recent success, appearing in every Premier League game of the past two seasons.
Indeed, he has helped Liverpool boast the best defensive record in the Premier League in those campaigns.
While former Red Toure lauded Van Dijk’s long list of defensive talents, he also claimed that one-on-one situations are an area opposition players can catch him off guard.
“He’s an unbelievable player,” Koure told Stats Perform News (via Goal). “He’s a top player. He’s got speed, height, he can jump. He’s got technique. He can switch the game with his long passes. He has got everything.
“I haven’t seen many players challenge him one on one. In my opinion, that’s his weakness! He’s really tall and if you really attack him with the ball, he can struggle, but he’s so clever.
“He’s so clever because he drops well, but if you are really aggressive in attack in a one-on-one, I think you can get something from him.
“He’s a really clever player. He’s got [Joe] Gomez on his side, good players on his side to help him as well.
“There are good players around him and I think that makes his game easy, but I think he’s got so many qualities.”
PSG KEEN ON JOEL MATIP?
Another solid defender Jurgen Klopp has in his ranks is former Cameroon international Joel Matip.
The centre-back started the season alongside Van Dijk, but injury saw Gomez swoop in and never look back.
As such, Matip has struggled for game time this term and, according to the latest report, Paris Saint-Germain are readying a move.