Liverpool have had a funny old start to the season. Despite being battered 7-2, facing some horrendous refereeing errors and losing our best defender, the Reds are still joint top of the table. It is no secret that the side aren’t as solid at the back as they have been previously – Jürgen Klopp has insisted that the defending at Liverpool “will get better”.
Virgil van Dijk injury
It never gets easy writing about what happened to R Virg.
In the Merseyside Derby we saw the magnificent Virgil van Dijk felled by the hapless, clumsy Jordan Pickford.
The Everton keeper flew in at the defender’s knees chasing down a ball he was never going to get.
Bizarrely, the Three Lions shot stopper remained on the pitch despite VAR looking back at the incident time and again – the VAR official has since been suspended.
Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Klopp on Liverpool defending
The Reds have been lining up with Fabinho alongside Joe Gomez as Joel Matip is sidelined with a muscle problem.
Whilst the Brazilian has looked imperious at times we have still seen some shaky moments and more chances conceded. Jürgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference that there’s no need to panic:
“Every team in the world would miss Virgil Van Dijk. He’s the best centre-half in the world.
“We did pretty well, and it will get better. Defending needs time, but for a start it was OK. We all expect, not perfection, but not too far from it. So far we did OK.”
What RTK has to say
Those four words: it will get better. It is important to remember that we have one of the best managers in world football at the helm – he will sort it out.
The Reds have been shaky but it has been uncharacteristically shaky, they aren’t going to remain this lapse all season.
We also need to allow them time to bed in a new defensive lineup, these things don’t happen overnight. It will get better.