It’s a no-brainer that Virgil Van Dijk is a big loss for Liverpool after he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Merseyside derby in the Premier League on Saturday which ended in a 2 all draw.
The incident has resulted in a clash between Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and former Reds defender Jamie Carragher, with emphasis on the club’s transfer business this summer.
Liverpool legend Carragher questioned whether the club should have signed a defensive cover for the injured Dutchman in the course of a chat with Sky Sports on Monday.
“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three center-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured,”
“There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market.”
However, Klopp was having none of it as he responded to the comments in a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s 2020/21 UEFA Champions League opener away to Ajax on Wednesday.
“We went into the season with three center backs plus Fabinho as cover and some youngsters,” Klopp said. “It’s hard to have four world-class center halves.
“If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake — I think Carragher mentioned already — there are a few reasons why they don’t do this job.”
Carragher went on to reply to Klopp’s criticism on social media and wrote: “Not once this season have I said it was a mistake for Klopp not to buy a CB for the exact reason he states.”
Meanwhile, Van Dijk will undergo knee surgery and is likely to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. His Netherlands teammate Georgino Wijnaldumn also hit out at Everton on Tuesday, pointing out that the challenges during the derby were unacceptable and stupid,