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Liverpool evening headlines as Virgil van Dijk comeback claim made and Xabi Alonso set for new role

Here are the Liverpool evening headlines on Monday, March 22.

Mellor makes bold Davies claim after friendly debut

Ben Davies is 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 centre-back was brought to Anfield for an initial £2million fee with the Reds severely short of numbers in their defence.

However, Davies is yet to feature under Jurgen Klopp, but did have a run-out in a behind closed doors friendly.

Neil Mellor, formerly of Liverpool and Preston, believes the 25-year-old is ‘closer to £20m than £2m’, which makes it a win-win situation for the Reds.

“I’ve watched 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 it is something like 250 now, so he has been allowed to develop and mature and he’s a very, very good defender.

“So if you’re looking at players like Nat Phillips, who I think have done very well, they are still making mistakes, whereas someone like Ben has made mistakes, learned and matured.

“And like I say that has helped him develop into one of the best in the Championship and he deserves a go in the Premier League.

“For me, he is a player that I have always believed can play in the Premier League and I am absolutely delighted he is going to get that opportunity and now it is up to him to take it.

“This kid can play for England if he really grasps it. He is not someone who was a stop-gap, he could potentially, long-term, be the answer and that is up to him.

“If he’s not, then Liverpool will make a lot of money on him because he is a lot closer to a £20million defender than a £2m one.”

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Gullit reveals injury comeback ‘goal’ for Van Dijk

Ruud Gullit thinks Holland would want Virgil van Dijk to play a couple of games for Liverpool before he’s 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 fitness.

Klopp has previously stated that he doesn’t expect the Netherlands centre-back to play again this season, for club or country.

Gullit thinks Holland would need their star defender to have some sort of match fitness in him before he’s even considered for the upcoming international tournament.

Speaking to beIN Sports, the former Dutch midfielder said: “I know for sure that if you saw the seriousness of the injury in the beginning, you already know that you’re not going to play a lot of games with Liverpool.

“But you need to have a goal when you have an injury, and his goal was to at least get fit for the Euros, if it’s possible.

“His doctors would say that as well, is it possible.

“Of course the club wants him at least to play a couple of matches before he does, I think in Holland we want that as well.

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“I can understand that he has that goal, and I hope that he does get it.

“If he’s going to be fit, he doesn’t have a lot of rhythm, so it’s to be seen.

“For Holland, it’s the most important thing that he plays some matches already with Liverpool.”

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Alonso set for new manager role in Germany

According to reports, former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso will take over as Borussia Monchengladbach manager in the summer.

With Marco Rose moving to Borussia Dortmund, Alonso is now set to take over Bundesliga side Gladbach.

The ex-Reds, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star is currently in charge of Real Sociedad’s B team, but looks set to further his horizons once the season concludes.

Alonso retired from playing in 2017 and immediately knew that he wanted to remain in the sport in a coaching capacity.

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