Van Dijk: Liverpool new boy ‘can just slot in pretty easy’

Date published: Sunday 11th August 2019 10:18

Virgil van Dijk is confident Adrian can slot straight into the Liverpool side if first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker is sidelined for significant time with a calf injury.

Liverpool are anxiously awaiting the results of a scan after Alisson hobbled off in the first half of Friday night’s Premier League opener against Norwich, in which the Reds cruised to a 4-1 victory at Anfield with Van Dijk among the scorers.

Alisson’s injury forced Adrian into a debut appearance just four days after he signed as a free agent, having left West Ham in the summer.

Although he is still settling in to the club, Van Dijk is confident Adrian can make an immediate impact.

“I think he’s at that kind of age, that stage of his life and career that he can come in and slot in to the team pretty easy,” Van Dijk said. “He’s been through so many things in the Premier League he can just slot in pretty easy.”

Jurgen Klopp has already ruled Alisson out of Wednesday’s European Super Cup against Chelsea, but the club are hoping it is not the sort of injury which could sidelined the Brazilian for several weeks.

“He’s very important for us, but I’ve no idea what the actual damage is,” Van Dijk said.

“We’ll see over the next days what the outcome is going to be. We have to deal with it and we’re going to deal with it.”


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