Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool

Lack of competition could have made Van Dijk become complacent, says Campbell

Virgil van Dijk has been showing off his best form in recent weeks. The Dutch defender was powerless to avoid Liverpool from suffering an 7-2 loss against Aston Villa and during international duty he wasn’t showing off his best form for the Netherlands in their lost friendly against Mexico. Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell says Van Dijk may have become complacent after years of top notch performances.

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.”

Campbell suggests that the lack of competition for his place at Liverpool and the Netherlands could be the reason for his loss of form. “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.”

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