Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher were critical of Virgil van Dijk’s defending during Liverpool’s 3-2 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as they told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (19/10/21 at 9:00 pm)
Premier League legend Henry questioned what Van Dijk was doing, from a defensive standpoint, for the La Liga side’s second goal, whilst Carragher claimed that ‘he hasn’t looked right’.
Liverpool opened the scoring through Mo Salah, when he cut onto his left foot and fired a shot at goal – although replay’s did suggest that James Milner should have perhaps been awarded the goal.
Then Liverpool’s new goalscoring machine, Naby Keita. fired in a volley minutes later, to help his team to a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes.
Before Griezmann could get sent off for a high boot on Roberto Firmino, he netted a brace on either side of the half, only for it to be cancelled out by a Salah penalty at the Wanda Metropolitano – that story has been written before.
Whilst the Reds were at their free-scoring best in front of goal, they were conceding too many chances and they were all over the shop during the first period – hence why Fabinho was brought on at half-time.
And both Henry and Carragher highlighted some of Van Dijk’s defending during the game.
“Griezmann getting that ball, spining, then Van Dik turned at the wrong time,” said Henry. “I don’t know what Van Dijk was looking at.”
Carragher added: “He hasn’t looked right, has he? There was one earlier on in the game when Griezmann went through and the goalkeeper saved. And the same on the second goal.”
When it comes to the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s side are ripping teams apart, but they are also able to keep clean sheets with it.
But they are conceding those extra few goals in Europe, as was proven last night and against AC Milan.
Even then, the Reds are walking away with all three points, which just goes to show how they are expertly navigating their way through the group stages.
Liverpool may have not been talked about as much, when it comes to the Premier League title race, but perhaps, just perhaps number seven might be on the cards.