‘DEAL WITH IT’: Jamie Carragher says 32 years old Liverpool player has to stop being ‘obsessed’ with one important thing
Liverpool will be gutted by the result tonight. Arsenal simply wanted it more than the Reds, and that showed on the pitch. But out of all the Liverpool players, the one who will be most gutted is Virgil van Dijk.
As the captain of the Reds, he understandably shoulders a lot more responsibility than anyone else. And there is no denying that at a time of need he was involved in a mishap that cost Liverpool dear. This is not to put too much criticism on the club captain.
Van Dijk made some really key defensive contributions during the game. And you cannot blame one moment alone on the entire outcome of the game. However, he will be disappointed in the way he defended Arsenal’s second goal. He should have done better. And he will do better. Tonight was just proof that these Liverpool players are fallible, after all.
Jamie Carragher on Virgil van Dijk
Carragher explained how he thinks the Liverpool captain needs to stop being obsessed with using his body.
“Saliba and Van Dijk are so powerful,” Carragher said. “But they’re obsessed with using their body. Just deal with it.”
Maybe the former Liverpool defender has a point. It did seem like a situation Van Dijk could have handled better. And a situation that Liverpool forced upon themselves. But there is nothing they can do about it now. You simply have to learn and move on. And perhaps Van Dijk will now heed Carragher’s advice.