Publication date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:15
Leicester's boss, Claude Puel, has revealed some of the bad habits that Virgil van Dijk had while in Southampton.
Van Dijk It has been a key figure for the Reds this season, starting with each Premier League and conceding only 13 goals in 23 games, winning 19 of these accessories after moving from the South Coast to £ 75million a little longer 12 months.
In fact, the 27-year-old midfielder has not lost a Premier League game for the club since traveling to Huddersfield in January 2018.
Puel knows everything about the Dutch defender who claims that "he was the best defender in the world" while in St Mary's, but revealed that the center-back had some bad features that had to be eradicated.
"When I entered Southampton, it was, of course, a good player and then said that for me it was the best defender in the world, but I had comfortable habits," said Puel.
"He liked to defend deeply in the pitch at the beginning and it was a pity that sometimes he played too easy.
"At first, it was a bit difficult to discuss with him and to change and evaluate, he became angry. But step by step he corrected things and improved his movement, cover and defend with coverage and without risk.
"We know that all the fantastic teams want to have possession to play the maximum. Defenders have to learn to defend themselves with a lot of space behind them. To play in large teams this is the aspect that They need and now they are a modern defender at a very high level.
"In Liverpool, he has taken another dimension. He is a fantastic player. My feeling of being does not change with Liverpool. It's strong, powerful, fast and technically, it can play under pressure without any problem. It's great.
"Southampton was the best defender in the world, but he confirmed it to Liverpool."
Le Pester Leicester will probably face Van Dijk this afternoon at Anfield with hosts looking to get out of seven points in the City of the Second.
Van Dijk was struggling with the disease last week in Dubai, but Jurgen Klopp confirmed he was trained on Monday and the defender seems likely to keep his memory always present in the league this season.
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