Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Van Dijk is not enough to fix Liverpool's 'shambolic' defence, insists Carragher

Van Dijk is not enough to fix Liverpool's 'shambolic' defence, insists Carragher

Jurgen Klopp's side drew 3-3 at Watford in their opening Premier League game of the season, with poor marking leading to Stefano Okaka's first, an inability to track runners contributing to Abdoulaye Doucoure's second and shambolic defending at a corner causing Miguel Britos's late equaliser. I see Virgil van Dijk making a difference to the back four because he is a leader'.

Liverpool have heavy interest in Southampton centre-back Van Dijk, who has handed in a transfer request, but Carragher believes his former club have fundamental flaws in their defensive set-up, which signing £60million-rated Van Dijk alone will not fix. "It leaves centre backs exposed, I don't care who's at centre back, you can't do that much to stop those goals".

"He's better than what they've got, that's why I'm saying they should get him", Redknapp said on Sky Sports of Van Dijk.

Jamie Redknapp - speaking alongside the former defender for the post-match analysis - argued that a leader like van Dijk would help organise the defence and provide them further solidity and confidence when defending these situations. What defenders can do it?

However, Carragher disagreed: "On set pieces it's not about the defenders".

But once again Carragher disagreed, he said: "If Van Dijk was playing instead of Lovren or Matip - he would have been in one of their positions".

Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal, West Ham United, Hull City, AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea: these are all teams that came to Old Trafford last season and somehow left with a point, despite being dominated all game.

"The positions of full backs is far too high and wide, for me".

'It's nearly impossible. What defenders can do that?' Van Dijk will improve it, yeah, but one man can't change it all'. If you want to win the Premier League, you've got to be conceding 30-35 goals.

"So Liverpool have got to take 15 goals away that they concede year in, year out". The manager has been there 18 months now but there has been no change.

Liverpool legend and former centre half Jamie Carragher has launched an all out assault on their defence, claiming no player on earth could improve it.

"We're still seeing the same things year in, year out, and it went back to Brendan Rodgers as well".

Saturday's draw certainly proved that, for all of Liverpool's quality going forward, they are still weak at the back, and despite Carragher's pleas, signing Van Dijk is of paramount importance. That's what happened on the first goal - it comes from a counter-attack.

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