This weekend Liverpool did what Liverpool do. Jürgen Klopp’s side once again just about had enough to get over the line, leaving it late to secure a win over Leeds United on the opening day of the Premier League season. A game full of goals left the Reds’ defence with plenty to answer for. Virgil van Dijk made a major mistake against Leeds United, he won’t make the same error again.
Opening day madness
Liverpool faced old enemy Leeds United on the opening day of the season.
The Yorkshire side were playing their first game in the Premier League for 14 years whilst for the Reds it was the first game as defending champions for 30 years.
There was a hattrick for Mo Salah and a goal for Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool beat Leeds United 4-3.
The newly promoted side were incredibly impressive, thrice pegging the hosts back.
Ultimately it wasn’t enough with new signing Rodrigo Moreno bringing Fabinho down in the box with just minutes remaining.
Van Dijk error
Virgil van Dijk made an uncharacteristically catastrophic error during the game with Leeds United.
On the 30 minute mark the Dutchman was forced to deal with a looped ball over the top.
Instead of bringing it down, thumping it out of play or touching it back to Alisson Becker, the defender opted to nonchalantly flick the ball towards Andy Robertson.
The towering centre back quickly realised his error when Patrick Bamford intercepted his flick and slotted past the keeper.
Won’t be a repeat
There is no way we will see such a casual error from Virgil van Dijk again.
The defender was certainly too confident, cocky even with his touch towards Robbo.
In future we expect the Dutchman to be more sure with his defending, there was no need for the casual flick and he’ll know that.
He’ll make mistakes again in future, sure. He most certainly won’t make the mistake of being so nonchalant again.