EPL: Be nasty, pull your finger out – Tim Sherwood tells Liverpool star


Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Tim Sherwood, has urged Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to ‘pull his finger out and get nasty’ when his team face Arsenal in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening.

Sherwood wants Van Dijk to show leadership and stop being friends with his teammate when they face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool will need Van Dijk to be at his best on Sunday to stop the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, and Sherwood wants the Netherlands international to show urgency following a difficult period.

“The huge player for me – and I know everyone is on the Trent [Alexander-Arnold] bandwagon right now, and he’s not defending that well but going forward, he’s still magnificent in my eyes – but Virgil needs to pull his finger out,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.

“He’s the leader, he’s playing at his pace and you can’t do that in the Premier League. I think he needs to show a little bit more urgency and leadership.

“I’m used to seeing him barking at people and the same for [Jordan] Henderson in the middle of the pitch and when [James] Milner is playing.

“That’s part of Van Dijk that people love about him, he’s a leader he didn’t care who he was upsetting.

“At the moment, it just seems like he’s playing his own game. He needs to get a bit nastier and stop being friends with his teammates.”

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