Van Dijk.

What Jamie Carragher said about Virgil van Dijk after Swansea 1-0 Liverpool

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You can never predict the Premier League, can you?

Just eight days after Liverpool beat previously unbeaten Manchester City 4-3 at Anfield, they lost to bottom-placed Swansea 1-0.

In truth, it was a wretched performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side and they didn’t look as though they would score if they played all night.

But Swansea did manage to score with Alfie Mawson capitalising as the visitors failed to clear a corner.

In fact, it was Virgil van Dijk - who was making his Premier League debut for Liverpool - who could be blamed for the goal.

The Dutchman got his head onto the ball but could only aim it at Federico Fernandez. The ball rebounded off him and fell nicely for Mawson, who swept the ball home.

And that was the only goal of the game.

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool fans were buzzing about Van Dijk after he scored the winner on his debut in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.

However, Jamie Carragher brought the Liverpool fans back down to earth with his assessment of the defender - insisting that he was never going to fix their problems.


"It's poor from Virgil van Dijk. In some ways, he shouldn't have gone for it," Carragher said on Sky Sports.

"It's not really his header. Maybe he's trying to do too much in some ways. You see Van Dijk, he's actually heading it down because it hasn't come far enough for him really. 

"This thing about Van Dijk is going to come in and fix this problem, it is absolute nonsense. That one player comes in and fixes the whole problem, he's not that good. 

"If we were playing against towering defenders like Tony Adams and Jaap Stam and you were taking a set piece, you'd say 'keep it away from him' or take the man away. The idea that Van Dijk is going to head everything away is just a joke. It's not happening."

Despite spending £75 million on him, Carragher is spot on when he says Van Dijk won’t be the answer to all of Liverpool’s problems.

Klopp's side still need to improve their defence if they want to compete for major honours in the seasons to come.

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