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Stan Collymore calls for Liverpool player to be rested after Brentford clash
Centre-back Virgil van Dijk was a part of the Liverpool back four that conceded three goals to Brentford at the Community Stadium last weekend.
The Premier League fixture finished in a 3-3 draw. With that being the case, former Red Stan Collymore has claimed that Van Dijk would benefit from a rest.
“Is it a game too far [for Virgil], in terms of it being a little too intense? [He] played a lot of games at the beginning of the season, we’ve got international breaks as well,” Collymore told The Empire of the Kop.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We don’t entirely agree with Collymore’s take.
Yes, Van Dijk is coming off a serious knee injury. Therefore, we could understand if the centre-back was not 100 percent fit.
But, Van Dijk has shown in the early parts of the new campaign that he has put the knee injury behind him. The 30-year-old is averaging a WhoScored player rating of 7.32 in the Premier League this season (started all six matches).
Liverpool’s back four, including Van Dijk, simply had a bad day at the office against Brentford.
We aren’t prepared to claim that the Dutchman needs a rest because of one match. On another note, Liverpool will travel to Portugal to face Porto in the Champions League this week.
The group stage clash will kick-off at 8pm on Tuesday.