Ask any football fan to name the best player outside of the current Premier League top six and they’ll invariably come back with the same answer.
Virgil van Dijk has been a target for pretty much every superpower across Europe in the last 18 months.
Liverpool are still in the box seat to sign the Southampton star in January, but Manchester City and Chelsea remain heavily involved in the picture.
But Jamie Carragher has slammed the Dutchman’s recent displays and general commitment.
Van Dijk’s performances have suffered since his dream move to Anfield failed to materialise in the summer, and Carragher believes he is a shadow of the brilliant player we saw last season.
“The best way to describe him is he’s in second gear,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
“I know what he’s capable of but he is nowhere near that player right now.
“I’m not sure if it’s because he didn’t have a pre-season or whether his head isn’t right but he’s nowhere near that player at the moment.”
Carragher also believes Van Dijk’s poor recent form could even deter the big boys from renewing their interest in him in January.
He added: “He has to get himself right to keep these clubs interested.
“He’s probably going to be playing Champions League football in February but at this moment it’s more Championship football he’s playing than Champions League.”
Savage from Carra, but given the way Philippe Coutinho and Riyad Mahrez have responded to similar transfer woes this season he’s probably spot on.
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