Virgil van Dijk’s absence should not be an excuse for Liverpool’s poor form.
The Reds have struggled for form in the past few weeks and their top-four spot looks under threat.
Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher urges the club not to use Van Dijk as an excuse for their shambolic form in recent weeks.
“I said on the TV I’m sick of talking about Virgil Van Dijk, and what I mean by that is we’ve highlighted that on this show, the bigger picture,” Carragher said.
“Liverpool can’t win the league, I said that after the last derby game, they can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the whole season, I didn’t feel.
“That’s the bigger picture but the problems Liverpool have, whether the defenders are out, the midfielders are at centre-back, that does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
“Manchester United, maybe, Manchester City, real top quality, but it’s not an excuse for individual games.
“No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games, that’s not acceptable. It’s not.
“When I think of situations I’ve been in, I’ve played in teams not as good as this one, but you find a way to win.
“We beat Everton twice with 10-men when it was 0-0, so there’s something now where they’ve got to find a way to win.
“The reason I said that I don’t want to use Van Dijk as an excuse is that Liverpool started the game against Everton with ten Champions League winners.
“That’s why I’m saying it’s not an excuse in individual games, it’s not. The bigger picture about the league and qualifying for the top four I get.”
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