One of Liverpool’s main issues this term has been their midfield. With Thiago and Naby Keita out injured, it has been left to Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Harvey Elliott to fill the void.
Henderson and Milner, though, are no longer at their best and Elliott is weak defensively.
This has left Liverpool exposed down their right-hand side especially, with the need for a box-to-box midfielder becoming more and more obvious.
And now, Virgil van Dijk has been speaking about Liverpool’s need for more legs in midfield.
The Dutchman was quick to praise Liverpool youngster Elliott and Fabio Carvalho, but he also stated that the duo’s progression would not be impacted by a new signing:
“I don’t think they (Elliott and Carvalho) will stop progressing (if we sign someone),” Van Dijk told reporters. “If you look at the games we play, the amount of games we play, we need a lot of midfielders.
“Midfielders are the engine of our team. They win so many balls for us. We need a lot of midfielders. You see the games we play, we also rotate a lot in midfield, apart from Fab I think. We need everyone.
“I’m very impressed with both. I think Harvey (was impressing) before his injury already. Now he’s showing the same stuff as before in my opinion. I was impressed with Fabio as well. I said it I think in pre-season, obviously I didn’t know him before, but I think he can be really, really good for us and as a club as well.
“You need maturity at times, especially when things aren’t going well like the last couple of weeks. These guys have the right mentality that we need. They showed it today, I think they showed it against United also.
“Harvey was good in my opinion. Fabio came on and played very well too. They will have good moments and they will also have moments they have to learn from. That’s how football works. We’re not robots, we’re not perfect and everyone expecting that we are.”