Roy Keane slams Liverpool for ‘defending like a pub team’ to allow Arsenal back into the title race after 3-1 win at the Emirates… and blames captain Virgil van Dijk for ALL THREE Gunners goals

Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher slammed Virgil van Dijk’s defense and blamed him for all three goals as Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday.

In a crucial clash in the Premier League title race, Arsenal regained the lead when a defensive miscommunication between Van Dijk and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson allowed an easy opportunity for Gabriel Martinelli.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Keane was particularly unimpressed by the performance of Van Dijk, so long a stalwart at the heart of the Liverpool back line.

Keane said: ‘The intensity from the first whistle to the last from Liverpool, in possession and out, I can’t believe how bad they were.

Credit to Arsenal, they turned up and were busy. Liverpool defensively, the goals they gave away were like a bar team defending.’

Virgil van Dijk's defense was planned by Sky Sports pundits after Liverpool's defeat to Arsenal

Virgil van Dijk’s defense was planned by Sky Sports pundits after Liverpool’s defeat to Arsenal

Roy Keane singled out Van Dijk and held him responsible for all three Gunners goals

Roy Keane singled out Van Dijk and held him responsible for all three Gunners goals

For the third goal, Leandro Trossard was given enough space to attack the Liverpool goal, leading to Keane saying ‘Trossard can’t believe his luck here’, adding ‘he’s almost reluctant to shoot’.

He believed that Van Dijk should have dived or stepped in to try and ward off the danger, which eventually led to the goal that wrapped it up for the hosts.

Then later Keane singled out Van Dijk for all three Arsenal strikes. Keane said: ‘I blame him for the three goals. Of course he’s entitled to have a bad game, but to give away three goals in such a big game, you know it’s going to hurt them at the end of the season.’

Former Liverpool legend Carragher agreed with his fellow Sky Sports pundit.

Analyzing Arsenal’s second goal, he said: ‘I think it’s a really big mistake that you probably make once a season and it just happened. Van Dijk must be in charge.’

Alisson also comes under fire, with Carragher believing the ball should have been headed away from danger.

Carragher said: ‘Don’t complicate it. Don’t let it bounce. I mean, we’re talking schoolboy stuff here. We really are. He just has to send it back to Konate.’

Martinelli bumped Van Dijk but was within his rights to do so as he challenged for the ball, and while Carragher accepts it put Alisson off slightly, he has no qualms claiming Liverpool should have had the basic football knowledge to make that to handle the situation. .

An ominous error from Alisson and van Dijk gave Arsenal the lead at the Emirates

An ominous error from Alisson and van Dijk gave Arsenal the lead at the Emirates

Carragher said the two experienced Liverpool players should have known to handle it

Carragher said the two experienced Liverpool players should have known to handle it

Carragher added: ‘It always has a chance of happening when you bounce the ball. Like I said, it’s not about playing at the top level, it’s something you learn at the bottom level of football, as a defender, just deal with it.’

He then defends the exploits of both players over the past half-decade in Liverpool colours, adding: ‘I think that’s why Liverpool are back where they are, because of the performances of those two. But it was a cry.’

Van Dijk took the blame for the mistake in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, but said Liverpool have a chance to put things right next time when they host Burnley on Saturday.


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