Liverpool ignore Van Dijk pointer as $48m transfer shows what Klopp missed

Arsenal lifted the Community Shield after beating Manchester City on penalties Sunday afternoon and one player shined throughout the match and promised more to come. Jurrien Timber started the high profile match at Wembley but succeeded despite the challenge he faced.

Gunners signed the Dutch player from Ajax earlier this summer, and the Eredivisie giants have requested $48m (£38m/€44m) for his signing. Mikel Arteta has given the green light for the upcoming transfer, and judging by his first performance over the weekend, he won’t regret it.

Timber is only 22 years old, but he shows maturity beyond his years when he takes the field. He is a versatile defensive presence and has been praised by Virgil van Dijk, who has performed internationally with him in the past.

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“I wasn’t nearly as far away as he is now. [at the same age]The Liverpool captain had this to say about Timber last year (via TalkSPORT). “I have nothing but praise for him. He is a great actor and a true professional. It has so much potential. I hope he can improve even more. Then everything will be fine, I guess.”

Indeed, Arsenal’s newest signing is used to being praised by his fellow countrymen. Dutch legend Marco van Basten has also praised him in the past: “Ajax plays great football thanks to Timber. It’s thanks to him that we can play from the back so easily. Timber never panics. If you’re as good as Timber, you can always stay calm. Technically good enough and tactically as well. good enough.”

Towards the end of his time in the Netherlands, Timber was deployed mainly as a centre-back and occasionally played as a right-back, but at the weekend Arteta fielded him as a left-back against Manchester City. The decision aroused curiosity at first as he is a right-footed player, but he did not face any problems during the competition.

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