Martin Keown has questioned Virgil van Dijk’s attitude after he spent the first month of the season ‘sulking’ and believes there are big question marks over the £75million fee Liverpool have parted with.
The Dutch defender failed to secure a move to Anfield in the summer and didn’t start a game for Southampton until the end of September.
With a January transfer edging closer, Van Dijk wasn’t picked by Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino since the 4-1 defeat to Leicester on December 13, with the 26-year-old missing games against Chelsea, Huddersfield and Tottenham Hotspur in the process.
Arsenal legend Keown has not been impressed with the centre-half’s mental state during the first half of the 2017/18 campaign and believes the large fee is too much for a player whose ‘attitude has been all wrong’.
When asked if £75m was too much for a defender, he told the Daily Mail: ‘Of course it is!
‘Liverpool are paying a premium for Virgil van Dijk because of the flashes we saw last season.
‘This time last year he was starting to hit the heights but since returning from injury his attitude has been all wrong.
‘He did not play for the first month of the season and has seemed to be sulking at not being allowed to leave Southampton.
‘How strong is he mentally?’
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