Liverpool afternoon headlines as Virgil van Dijk appealed back and Xabi Alonso ready for a new role

Here are the Liverpool afternoon headlines on Monday, March 22nd.

Mellor makes Davies’ bold appeal after a friendly debate

Ben Davies has yet to make his first team debut for Liverpool after signing from Preston North End on the final day of the January transfer window.

The center-back was taken to Anfield for an initial fee of £ 2million with the Reds severely short of defense numbers.

However, Davies has yet to appear under Jurgen Klopp, but he had a run-out in a friendship that was behind closed doors.

Former Liverpool and Preston native Neil Mellor believes the 25-year-old is ‘closer to £ 20m than £ 2m’, making him a winning position for the Reds.

“I’ve seen a lot of Championship football as well as Preston games with Ben and he’s one of the best defenders in the Championship,” Mellor said.

“He’s played a lot of games, I think he’s a bit like 250 now, so he’s allowed to develop and mature and he’s a really good defender.

“So if you look at players like Nat Phillips, who I think did well, they still make mistakes, but someone like Ben has made mistakes, learned and come to level.

“And as I say that has helped him grow into one of the best in the Championship and he deserves to try in the Premier League.

“For me, he is a player I always believed could play in the Premier League and I am delighted that he is going to get that opportunity and now he is in charge. to accept.

“This kid can play for England if he’s really gripping. He’s not someone who was a stopper, it could, in the long run, be the answer and that’s depend on it.

“If he doesn’t, Liverpool will make a lot of money on him because he’s a lot closer to a £ 20m defender than a £ 2m man.”

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Gullit features ‘goal’ back injury for Van Dijk

Ruud Gullit believes the Netherlands would ask Virgil van Dijk to play a couple of games for Liverpool before being considered for this summer’s European Championships.

Van Dijk has been out since October with a serious knee injury and is slowly, but surely, working his way back to full well-being.

Klopp has previously stated that he does not expect the Dutch midfielder to play again this season, for either a club or a country.

Gullit believes their star defender Holland would need to get some maids fitness before he is even considered for the upcoming international tournament.

Speaking to beIN Sports, the Dutch midfielder said: “I know for sure if you saw how bad the injury was at the start, you already know you’re not going to play a lot of games with Liverpool.

“But you have to have a goal when you are injured, and his goal was to at least be healthy for the Euro, if that is possible.

“His doctors used to say that too.

“Of course the club wants him to play at least a game or two before he does, I think in Holland we want that too.

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“I know he has that goal, and I hope he achieves it.

“If it’s going to be healthy, it doesn’t have a lot of rhythm, so it’s visible.

“For the Netherlands, the most important thing is that he is already playing some games with Liverpool. ”

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Alonso set up for a new manager position in Germany

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has reportedly taken over as Borussia Monchengladbach’s manager in the summer.

With Marco Rose moving to Borussia Dortmund, Alonso is now ready to take over Bbachesliga ‘s Gladbach side.

The ex-Reds star Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are currently in charge of Real Sociedad’s B-team, but are looking forward to improving their horizons once the season is over.

Alonso retired in 2017 and knew immediately that he wanted to stay in the sport in a coaching career.