Jason McAteer: Virgil van Dijk irreplaceable at Liverpool


Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are irreplaceable players at Liverpool says former Reds midfielder Jason McAteer

Liverpool have suffered injuries in a number of areas this season and Klopp has been forced to shuffle his pack.

However, the Reds have managed to maintain an unbeaten record in the Premier League, illustrating Liverpool's strength in depth.

But,  according to McAteer there are two players who simply cannot be replaced — Van Dijk and Alisson.

Speaking to Racing Post McAteer said: "There are only two players in the Liverpool team who are irreplaceable – Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.

"Take either of those two out of the starting 11 and Liverpool are instantly weaker. Take anyone else out, however, and it's a different story – and even though I am a massive fan of his, that includes Jordan Henderson.

"Jurgen Klopp has so much cover in all areas that he can afford to lose key men for periods.

"When he lost Fabinho earlier in the season I remember the gasps and there were plenty of people saying he'd lost the most important cog in the midfield, the heartbeat of the team. Well yes, he was a miss – but have a look at the league table.

"I never doubted that Jordan Henderson could take on the Fabinho role because he'd done it successfully before and he didn't let anyone down.

"And since then, of course, Jordan has become an absolutely central part of the team – but not irreplaceable. At least, not in terms of his playing ability. Where Jordan is missed – and we saw that against West Ham – is in terms of leadership."

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