Ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has expressed concern for Virgil Van Dijk (VVD) who’s back in the Reds starting XI after recovering from a serious knee injury. Liverpool centre back Virgil Van Dijk missed the majority of last season after he picked up the knee injury as a result of a poor challenge from England international Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.

Stephen Warnock expressed his concern for Virgil Van Dijk on how he would be able to adjust to pacy attackers on his return to Premier League football. Warnock talked about Van Dijk and Premier League football while he was on Sky Sports for punditry last month. According to Stephen Warnock, Van Dijk might have a big problem when he comes up against fast attackers such as Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Manchester United player Marcus Rashford.

England international Rashford is currently injured after he underwent surgery on a troublesome shoulder problem. Rashford is recuperating from the surgery at the moment and he’s not expected to return to action until October at the earliest. Rashford was ruled out of action for ten weeks at the time of the shoulder surgery. For Vardy, Van Dijk and Liverpool won’t face him in league football until December.

Dutchman Van Dijk has done well since returning to the Liverpool first team this season as he has helped the Reds to two clean sheets in three games.

Van Dijk is the leader at the back for Liverpool and he was largely untroubled as his team began the new season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Norwich City away from home. Van Dijk and Liverpool made it two successive clean sheets with the 2-0 win at home to Burnley.

Liverpool were breached for the first time this season when German attacker Kai Havertz scored the opening goal for Chelsea during their latest Premier League encounter with the Reds at Anfield. Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah scored a late first half spot kick to rescue a point for his team against 10-man Chelsea. The Blues had England national team defender Reece James sent off at the end of the first half for a deliberate handball in the box.