John Arne Riise Compares Virgil Van Dijk To Jamie Carragher And Sami Hyypia

Former Liverpool star John Arne Riise believes Virgil van Dijk is exhibiting the leadership qualities reminiscent to the time when Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia played together at the club. The Norwegian international went on to win the 2005 Champions League alongside Carragher and Hyypia, who were the undisputed regulars at the heart of the defence.

Speaking on Liverpool’s official website, Riise was full of praise for Carragher and Hyypia, and admitted that the pair were influential to how he performed on the pitch. The 37-year-old went further to praise the impact of winger signing Van Dijk, and feels the Dutchman has the qualities which makes him a leader at the back.

Jamie Carragher discusses Eden Hazard's Chelsea future

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea may have to contend with the departure of Eden Hazard, if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Belgium international has been a vital cog in the Blues' attack in recent years, guiding the club to Premier League glory in 2015 and 2017.

Jamie Carragher disagrees with Jose Mourinho's spending claim

Liverpool great Jamie Carragher does not agree with the comments made by Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of Manchester United's 2-2 draw versus Burnley on Boxing Day. The Special One cited that there is a clear difference in the squad depth of his side in comparison to Manchester City, and he would require an additional £300m to put the team back to its right place.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Carragher did not agree with Mourinho's complaint and believes Pep Guardiola would have coped much better with the same squad available at Old Trafford, he said: "The United manager’s complaints about the value of the squads do not add up. We can go on throughout the respective lists.

Joe Gomez could make England World Cup squad on current form

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher feels Joe Gomez has the opportunity of making the England World Cup squad, should he maintain his performances for the Reds over the course of the campaign. The youngster has been a regular fixture in Jurgen Klopp's side this term and has started the last six Premier League games on the trot.

In a report covered by The Liverpool Echo, Carragher insists that Gomez has the chance of keeping his Three Lions spot if he carries on in the same vein of form, he said: "He’s come in at right-back and at first he was chopping and changing with Trent [Alexander-Arnold], but now it looks like he’s got the shirt at this moment. And long may that continue for him because it looks like Gareth Southgate, from an England point of view, is going to give young players a chance. A performance like that puts him in a great position, I think, going forward with the World Cup in the summer."

Jamie Carragher criticises Petr Cech

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was not pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Petr Cech during Arsenal's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. The former Czech international produced a couple of top-notch saves to keep the scores at bay, but he was still criticised for the way he conceded the first goal of the game.

City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring with a left-footed strike from outside the box – which Cech could only get his fingertips to – but Carragher believes the 35-year-old should have done much better in goal. Cech earned the reputation of being one of the Premier League's greatest shot-stoppers during his time at Chelsea, but Carragher believes his reflexes have waned since his switch to north London, he said, "Petr Cech should save that. I think he is one of the great goalkeepers in the Premier League, but now he's just a good goalkeeper."

Jamie Carragher compares Alvaro Morata to former Chelsea star

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has likened Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to Fernando Torres as he has a similar kind of playing style.

The former Real Madrid man has quickly become a fan favourite at Chelsea after contributing six goals and two assists in his opening six league games.

As a result, the Spaniard has received widespread praise from former players and pundits with Carragher comparing him to ex-Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Watching that, it reminded me of Torres, they’re a similar type of build and they both burst past people.He could have scored a 25-yarder, but when I see a finish like that I automatically think that’s top class, very few players can produce that skill. That is better than scoring a worldie or an overhead kick – that’s top class."

Jamie Carragher doubts whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play in Liverpool's midfield

Jamie Carragher believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may struggle to command a position in Liverpool's midfield this season.

The England international joined the Reds on transfer deadline day after they finalised an initial £35m with league rivals Arsenal. The 24-year-old was used as a regular wing-back in the final months of his Gunners stay, and it was one of his prime reasons for pursuing a fresh challenge away as he wanted to establish himself in central midfield.


Richard Keys says he disagrees with Reds legend Jamie Carragher on his opinion on the Everton summer signings.

Ronald Koeman has signed Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Cuco Martina, Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez. Yet Carragher claimed none of the new players were good enough for the Red part of the Merseyside.

El Hadji Diouf fires shots towards Jamie Carragher

El Hadji Diouf is a former Liverpool who used to perform with the English Premier League starting from 2002 until 2005 and during that 3 yearlong time-lapse, the Senegalese footballer made over 70 appearances.

The retired Senegalese forward did not really impress in Anfield as his performances could not live up to his price tag of €10 million and during the season of 2004-05, he was offloaded to Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal where he actually did make significantly better performances and eventually opted to sign a permanent deal with Bolton.


Liverpool are reportedly frustrated by the slow transfer process that has delayed them from landing their major transfer targets this summer. The deal for centre half Virgil van Dijk should have been long completed but it was poorly handled so the interest cooled. There have been reports that the player strongly wants Anfield so the move could still happen but it remains complicated for now.


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