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‘Self indulgent’: Pundit tears into £220,000-a-week Liverpool player

TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has slammed Liverpool and Netherlands international central defender Virgil van Dijk.

The former Crystal Palace owner has said on Twitter that Liverpool and Netherlands international central defender Virgil van Dijk is wrong about players needing more rest.

The former Celtic defender has said that there are too many games being played in English football at the moment.

Van Dijk has suggested that it is affecting players’ health.

Simon Jordan slams Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

As you can see below, Simon Jordan is having none of it.

The talkSPORT pundit has slammed Van Dijk and has told him not to complain.

Van Dijk has played 234 appearances in the Premier League so far in his career.

The £220,000-a-week (Spotrac) Dutchman has scored 20 goals, given seven assists, and has kept 93 clean sheets in those games.

My View: Balance needed

In my opinion, both sides have to come to a compromise.

You cannot ask to be paid £200,000 or £300,000 per week as salary and play just one match in a week.

At the same time, just because you are getting paid 200,000 or £300,000 per week does not mean that you should play twice every week during the entire football season.

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I believe that there has to be a balance.

The issue with playing a lot of matches is mainly for big clubs.

Clubs like Liverpool play a lot of matches because they compete for the Premier League title and also go far in cup competitions.

I believe that managers need to manage the playing time of their players carefully.

It is important that big clubs and big competitions have high quality football.

If you are asking a player to play twice every week all the time, then the quality will drop.

Perhaps managers like Jurgen Klopp should have a team for the Premier League and major cup competitions like the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League and field fringe players for competitions like the EFL Cup.

As Simon Jordan has noted, managers should also try to use the full quota of substitutions available to them.

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