Liverpool legends slam ‘arrogant’ Van Dijk after Leeds thriller

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was hammered by Reds legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness during their 4-3 opening day win over Leeds United

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was hammered by Reds legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness during their 4-3 opening day win over Leeds United.

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.

Carragher 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.”

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.

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