Jamie Carragher insists signing Virgil van Dijk won't solve Liverpool's defensive woes

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Jurgen Klopp's side went into half-time trailing 2-1 at Vicarage Road, after conceding two sloppy goals.

In the Sky Sports studio, Carragher and Jamie Redknapp weren't impressed with Liverpool's defending.

Carragher argued that it was something the team need to work on collectively, Redknapp reckoned that Virgil van Dijk would help shore up their leaky defence.

He may have expected Carragher to agree.

'Nothing changes, again. That first half was like Liverpool at their worst last season so then you've had a pre-season and nothing's changing. What have they worked on?

"You think where they were weak last season: set pieces, getting done on the counter-attack, that's what happened with the first goal - for the corner - it comes from a counter attack". Watford should've been one-nil up before the corner, nothing changes. They're terrible defensively, one man won't change that.

Some fans were even quick to get behind their manager and have some fun with the Liverpool legend, often coming up with some rather creative responses to Carragher.

Redknapp also had his say on the Liverpool defending.

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"The way Liverpool set up, set-piece-wise, they're always going to concede goals".

"But I don't care how good a centre-back, getting exposed on counter-attacks, you've got to cover the full width of the pitch, it's nearly impossible". "Firmino can attack the ball!"

Carragher's colleague, Jamie Redknapp, then suggested Van Dijk could demand more money if he were to move to Liverpool following their defensive showing, to which Carragher replied: 'You talk about Van Dijk and yeah, he's a good player, but it comes from the sides of the pitch and the way Liverpool set up.

"Whether it's zonal marking, the players he puts in certain positions, the positions of the full-backs in general play are far too high and wide for me, which gets centre-backs exposed".

You can watch their argument here.

But Carragher continued to argue that the Reds' system would still undermine their defensive personnel.

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