Robbie Fowler holds the club dear to his heart. His statements are meant to encourage the fans and players alike, and before Liverpool v Chelsea he intends to make the Reds confident in their ability.
Liverpool host Chelsea in one of the biggest matches of the season. If Jurgen Klopp manages to win against Chelsea, he would at the very least ensure that Liverpool stay hot on Man City’s trail. However, City could fumble before our match and that would give Liverpool the edge in the league battle.
For any of that to transpire, it is important the defence manages to grab Hazard and keep him put for the duration of the match. It is one of the hardest things to do in football these days, but Fowler knows a guy who can do the job. The fixer is Liverpool’s own Virgil Van-Dijk.
“If there’s one player who can handle Hazard, it’s Virgil van Dijk,”
“The thing about an ‘up-for-it Hazard’ is he’s a centre-half’s nightmare. He drops deep where they can’t go, then turns and runs at incredible speed through them.
“I swear he’s quicker with the ball than without it, that makes him almost unstoppable at times. Yet Van Dijk has an almost superhuman ability not to be beaten.
“It’s incredible, but he hasn’t been dribbled past in more than a year. True story.
“Think about that. A big, powerful commanding centre-back who is nimble enough not to be taken on and beaten.”
“He’s imposing – he showed that by psyching Moussa Sissoko out of that chance he had for Spurs a couple of weeks ago. But more importantly, he never seems to be flustered,”
“That’s because he has an ability to almost make time stand still when he’s making decisions. I’d liken it to the greatest goalscorers who have that coolness to work out exactly the right option in a fraction of a second. Time pauses for them.
“He had to make so many calculations to keep Sissoko from passing to a guy who would score, forcing him to shoot wildly on his left foot – and got all the answers correct.”
-Robbie Fowler via The Daily Mirror