Kolo Toure says Virgil van Dijk is weakest in one v one situations

‘If you really attack him with the ball, he can struggle’: Kolo Toure says Virgil van Dijk is weakest in one-on-one situations and says attackers ‘can get something’ from the Liverpool defender if they are ‘really aggressive’

  • Leicester coach Kolo Toure thinks he has found a weakness in Virgil van Dijk 
  • The Liverpool defender was central to the Reds’ dominant Premier League title 
  • Van Dijk was second in last year’s Ballon d’Or and Toure hailed him ‘unbelievable’ 

Vigil van Dijk must be on-guard for Liverpool’s clashes with Leicester next season, as Foxes coach Kolo Toure believes he knows how to beat the Reds powerhouse. 

The Dutchman played every minute of the Anfield side’s dominant Premier League title winning campaign, acting as the backbone of Jurgen Klopp’s success over the last two seasons. 

Van Dijk finished runner-up in the 2019 Ballon d’Or and would likely have been a factor in 2020 but for the award’s cancellation, having cemented himself as one of the world’s leading defenders since arriving from Southampton.   

Kolo Toure reckons he knows how attackers can exploit Liverpool powerhouse Virgil van Dijk

The Dutch defender was crucial in Liverpool’s dominant Premier League victory this season 

Toure will be looking to pass on his theory to his Foxes players in his role as Leicester coach 

However, Toure insists he has spotted the centre-back’s weakness, information he will be passing on to Leicester talisman Jamie Vardy.  

‘He’s an unbelievable player,’ Toure told Stats Perform News. 

‘He’s a top player. He’s got speed, height, he can jump. He’s got technique. He can switch the game with his long passes. He has got everything.

‘I haven’t seen many players challenge him one on one. In my opinion, that’s his weakness! He’s really tall and if you really attack him with the ball, he can struggle, but he’s so clever.

Van Dijk played every minute of the Premier League season and was dominant in defence 

The centre-back would likely have been in the running for the Ballon d’Or once more this year

‘He’s so clever because he drops well, but if you are really aggressive in attack in a one-on-one, I think you can get something from him.

‘He’s a really clever player. He’s got Joe Gomez on his side, good players on his side to help him as well. There are good players around him and I think that makes his game easy, but I think he’s got so many qualities.’

Toure joined Leicester last summer after three years at Celtic under Brendan Rodgers, with the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City star having moved into the Parkhead side’s coaching staff upon his 2017 retirement. 

The Foxes’ 2019-20 ended in disappointment after Rodgers’ side suffered a late-season collapse to fall out of the Champions League spots in the final run-in, ending up in fifth behind Manchester United and Chelsea. 

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