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Jamie Carragher insists signing Virgil van Dijk won't solve Liverpool's defensive woes

12 August 2017

Jamie Carragher was not best pleased at the final whistle after watching Liverpool squander the lead and end up drawing 3-3 with Watford in their Premier League opener on Saturday afternoon. Stefano Okaka scored with a header at the near-post, after drifting between Liverpool players Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip.

Redknapp believes the problem rests squarely with individuals and has called for the club to spend big on Virgil van Dijk while Carragher is of the opinion that the manager has to take the flak.

Carragher, fuming with what he'd just witness during the opening 45 minutes, said that Liverpool had failed to resolve any of their defensive problems from last season. No matter which defenders they buy or how much they cost - it won't make a difference.

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"So you've then had a pre-season and nothing's changing". What have they worked on?

"I think Manchester United will be in there, they didn't make the top four previous year but I think they will with the additions that they've made", he said.

Liverpool will now dust themselves down as they look to get back on track when the take on Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off first leg on Tuesday night.

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"But I don't care how good a centre-back, getting exposed on counter-attacks, you've got to cover the full width of the pitch, it's nearly impossible". That's what happened on the first goal - it comes from a counter-attack. Watford should have been 1-0 up before the corner. What have they done? However, this throwaway remark from the former Liverpool skipper sparked a heated debate with Carragher. But instead, his colleague reacted very badly, arguing that one player wouldn't be able to sort this mess out.

"Talk about Van Dijk coming in, okay he's a good player, but it's from the side of the pitch, it's the way Liverpool are set up. The more we get used to Klopp he's not someone always going to look at the cheque book", the Reds legend said on Sky Sports.

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Jamie Carragher insists signing Virgil van Dijk won't solve Liverpool's defensive woes