'Overrated' Liverpool man Virgil van Dijk told he can't lace Ferdinand and Terry's boots

Jason Cundy has launched a scathing attack on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk after the Reds' 1-0 Premier League defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Van Dijk has been far from his best this season, with the Dutch international looking particularly off-color since the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Speaking to talkSPORT, as cited by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, Cundy claimed Van Dijk is 'overrated' and went on to say that the towering defender is nowhere close to the levels of Premier League legends Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.

"I think he is overrated, personally. I think there is a lot of media love-in with what Van Djik has done. I have no doubt that Van Djik is a brilliant center-half, but he makes too many mistakes that go unnoticed.

"There was a goal they conceded during Covid when they went out of the Champions League. Again, he has this languished style of run, he seems to try and bide time but doesn't react. I think he has had a good 18 months, and I know the injury has had an impact on that, but that goal [against Bournemouth] was not down to the injury.

"I can't quite put my finger on it but once he gets away from him on the right-hand side, he seems to stop and misjudge the situation. People compare him to John Terry and Rio Ferdinand but he cannot lace their boots."

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Van Dijk hasn't been anywhere close to his best this season, but it's clear Jason Cundy has an agenda against the Dutch international, as this isn't the first time he's criticized him. Last season, big Virg was unbelievable at the back for us as we came ever so close to clinching the quadruple, so Cundy's scathing remarks are completely unjustifiable.

Besides, Cundy wasn't really the most decorated defender in world football back in the day, so I doubt Van Dijk would pay too much attention to his frivolous comments.

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