Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness blast 'arrogant' Virgil van Dijk

Jamie Carragher blasts ‘arrogant’ Virgil van Dijk for rare mistake in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Leeds… with Graeme Souness lashing out at defender’s ‘stinker’ to allow equaliser

  • Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been lambasted for his error at Anfield 
  • The 29-year-old’s poor touch allowed Leeds ace Patrick Bamford to equalise 
  • Van Dijk had netted before his error as Liverpool battled against the newcomers
  • Mo Salah’s hat-trick saw Liverpool clinch the three points in a seven-goal thriller

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been heavily criticised for his uncharacteristic error against Leeds on the opening day of the new season.

The usually-reliable 29-year-old was punished for a loose touch on the edge of the hosts’ penalty area, and Leeds ace Patrick Bamford capitalised ruthlessly to score the equaliser in the thriller at Anfield.

Former Reds stalwart Jamie Carragher was left particularly frustrated and even sensationally labelled Van Dijk as ‘arrogant’.

Virgil van Dijk has been criticised for his mistake that led to Patrick Bamford’s goal at Anfield

The Liverpool defender’s heavy touch allowed Bamford to squeeze a finish into the far corner

Premier League newcomers Leeds threatened to break down Liverpool on several occasions in the opening 45 minutes, with Jack Harrison splitting their backline after a dash from the left flank to score.

Salah had opened the scoring from the penalty spot, although there was a further twist at the home of the champions when Van Dijk failed to deal with a lofted ball over the top.

And Carragher, on co-commentary duties for Sky Sports, didn’t hold back when lashing out at the towering Dutchman.   

Former Reds stalwart Jamie Carragher believes Van Dijk had been ‘arrogant’ before the slip-up

Van Dijk thundered home a header at the other end just 10 minutes before his glaring mistake

He said: ‘It’s a brilliant game. I said hopefully after 17 minutes we’d get 90 minutes of this. This could be 7-7 at the end of the game.

‘Alisson is not happy, he gets between the centre backs there. Virgil van Dijk, that’s just too arrogant.’

Van Dijk headed Liverpool back in front on 20 minutes from Andy Robertson’s corner, but was caught out at the other end in jaw-dropping fashion. 

Graeme Souness echoed Carragher’s scathing opinion, saying on Sky Sports: ‘Van Dijk has had an absolute stinker but he gets his goal here.’ 

Graeme Souness has accused Van Dijk of having an ‘absolute stinker’ on the top-flight’s return

Van Dijk has now made more errors in his last four games than the previous 154 appearances

A fascinating statistic from OptaJoe has highlighted a stark drop in Van Dijk’s form in recent matches for Liverpool. 

The former Celtic and Southampton man has now made two errors directly leading to goals in his last four top-flight appearances, which is more than he committed in his first 154 showings in the league.

Salah’s second of the game, a thunderbolt after Leeds failed to deal with a scramble inside the box, spared Van Dijk’s blushes and helped Liverpool enter the break with a narrow lead. 

Mateusz Klich hauled Leeds level once again after lashing home from close range after the break, but Salah’s third goal of the evening – once again from the penalty spot – saw the champions take all three points.




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