Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has denied claims that Virgil van Dijk is already a club legend, claiming that he must win silverware in order to be put in that category of players.
Van Dijk has been one of the standout performers for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season, helping the team to eight clean sheets in the first 13 Premier League games played so far.
During that same period, van Dijk has been a mainstay in the defence, which has only conceded five goals.
However, in spite of the ‘world class’ label granted to him by many Liverpool fans, former player Jamie Carragher has said that the Dutchman is not a legend just yet.
Carragher claims that only when he begins to bring silverware to Anfield, will he then be deemed a legend.
In an interview with ‘Sky Sports’ ahead of the Merseyside derby this weekend, Carragher stated: “I think with a club of Liverpool’s size, if you want to be remembered as one of the great players or a legend, you’ve got to take the club to something. ”
“Luis Suarez came very close to doing that in terms of the title and I think he would’ve done that. His name could’ve been right up there with those great attackers but I think the same is with Van Dijk also. At a club the size of Liverpool it’s about winning trophies, it’s not about just playing well for Liverpool.” explained Carragher.
The former centre half continued: “”A proper Liverpool player takes the club to trophies and to heights they didn’t expect. He’s got the ability to do that.”
Caragher did however admit that van Dijk was one of the best players in the current crop of central defenders in the Premier League.
He concluded: “I think he’s brilliant. I think he’s the best centre-back in the Premier League and I also think Aymeric Laporte at Man City has been brilliant since he came in. He’s so good in his position that I think, at this moment in time, he’s up there with the best names in the world.”