Jamie Carragher nails the reason Van Dijk should pick Liverpool over Chelsea


Jamie Carragher has offered his thoughts on why Virgil van Dijk should join Liverpool and not Chelsea.

The Southampton defender is one of the most sought after players of the summer, and it seems that he will be leaving – despite the Saints best efforts to keep him, after releasing a statement explaining why he was handing in an official transfer request – and why he wanted to leave the club for a side he felt could offer him more in the long term and in the way of his career development.

Carragher said to Sky Sports’ new show, The Debate:“Chelsea have been a lot more successful than Liverpool over the past 10 years.

“They are the champions and there’s the massive pull of living in London and at this moment Chelsea are a better team than Liverpool.

“But if I was him I’d have a look at how Chelsea set up in that back three. It looks to me like you’d have him as the middle man where David Luiz played so well last season.

“I don’t see either of them playing the wide centre-back position.

“I think with Liverpool the thing would be you could go there and be the man who took Liverpool back to winning trophies.

“People talk about the league but Liverpool have only won one trophy in 10 or 12 years.”

Future uncertain

One Liverpool player who’s future is increasingly uncertain is Philippe Coutinho, who has of course been heavily linked to Barcelona, and it seems that the player himself does want to leave, while Liverpool are determined to keep hold of their star man.

Coutinho will be absent for some of Liverpool’s opening games, after Jurgen Klopp claimed the player was injured for the start of the season.

That being said, there are no guarantees Liverpool will be able to keep him should he hand in a transfer request – something that the majority of the media do not think will happen, this summer at least.