Virgil van Dijk's reaction to Dejan Lovren's 95th-minute pass vs Manchester City

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Jurgen Klopp’s side went to Manchester City but suffered their first league defeat of the campaign, losing 2-1.

Sergio Aguero put the home side ahead when he nipped in-front of the sleeping Dejan Lovren to smash the ball past Alisson.

Roberto Firmino hauled the visitors back into the match after the break when he nodded in from Andy Robertson’s pull-back.

But Liverpool were level for just eight minutes as Leroy Sane gave City the lead once again.

The league leaders pushed for an equaliser late on and they launched plenty of long balls into City’s box.

Liverpool had one final chance to trouble the City defence when Lovren had the ball on the halfway line.

Lovren had Robertson to his left, Trent Alexander-Arnold to his right - both possess great delivery into the box.

However, in the 95th-minute, Lovren decided to ping a straight ball with his left foot towards Van Dijk.


But it sailed over his defensive partner’s head and harmlessly out for a goal-kick.

Cue a very angry Van Dijk gesticulating and asking why on earth Lovren didn’t pass it out wide to create more of an angle.

In the commentary, Gary Neville noted how Van Dijk was going "mad" at Lovren and playing a straight ball was "the one thing you don't do."


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That one moment just about summed up Lovren’s night.

The Croatian struggled throughout the 90 minutes and was caused all sorts of problems by the likes Sergio Aguero, Sane and Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool fans will no doubt be wondering quite when Joe Gomez is returning from injury…

Gomez formed a brilliant partnership with Van Dijk before he fractured his leg in the win over Burnley at the start of December.

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On the 6th of the month, Liverpool released a statement saying "initial indications" were that Gomez would be out for up to six weeks, "though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress."

So Kopites have to wait another three weeks until Gomez is back alongside Van Dijk, it seems.

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