Liverpool received’t win the Premier League title with out the injured Virgil van Dijk, in keeping with Tony Cascarino.
The talkSPORT host says the Dutch centre-back is ‘irreplaceable’ for the Reds and dropping him for doubtlessly the remainder of the season is ‘an enormous blow they won’t overcome’.
The membership has confirmed Van Dijk could have surgical procedure after sustaining knee ligament harm within the 2-2 draw, with the defender limping off simply ten minutes into the conflict at Goodison Park.
No official timeframe has been positioned on his return, however an ACL tear usually means as much as EIGHT MONTHS on the sidelines.
It’s no secret Liverpool are a greater aspect when Van Dijk performs. The 29-year-old is extensively thought of the very best centre-half in world soccer, and has been extensively credited with singlehandedly enhancing the Reds’ defensive hassle.
He’s additionally been an ever-present since his £75million arrival from Southampton, having missed only one Premier League sport since becoming a member of Liverpool.
In his 95 Premier League begins for Liverpool, they’ve conceded 78 objectives and stored 44 clear sheets. Within the 95 league video games earlier than he was signed, the Reds let in 117 objectives and stored 29 clear sheets.
And Cascarino believes dropping their defensive rock is simply too huge a blow for Jurgen Klopp’s males to get well from.
“What’s the loss? Simply have a look at the stats, the stats are ridiculous,” he mentioned on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“With Van Dijk within the staff and with Van Dijk out of your staff, it’s a totally completely different aspect.
“You’ve misplaced a passer, an ideal header of the ball, you’ve misplaced a goalscorer – solely Patrick van Aanholt has acquired extra Premier League objectives as a defender  since Van Dijk joined Liverpool .
“Each a part of his sport is a large loss for Liverpool, and to discover a alternative is unattainable as a result of he’s the very best defender on the planet.
“It’s a loss you may’t clarify in 5 minutes, should you have a look at the numbers in each division, objectives conceded, video games received and misplaced with him within the staff, it’s such an enormous loss, he’s irreplaceable.
“It’s an enormous blow that I don’t suppose they’ll overcome. It’ll price them the title. I can’t see them successful it now.”