Van Dijk is not enough to fix Liverpool's 'shambolic' defence, insists Carragher

Van Dijk is not enough to fix Liverpool's 'shambolic' defence, insists Carragher

The Reds played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road with much of the post-match discussion focusing on their inability to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Carragher's colleague, Jamie Redknapp, then suggested Van Dijk could demand more money if he were to move to Liverpool following their defensive showing, to which Carragher replied: 'You talk about Van Dijk and yeah, he's a good player, but it comes from the sides of the pitch and the way Liverpool set up.

"Van Dijk is better, that's why they're going to spend £50 or £60 million on him", he said. It's not rocket science, set-pieces and counter-attacks. What defenders can do it? He said: 'There is a reason why they concede so many goals, because they are disorganised there and have no leaders at the back. However, they had different solutions to the issue.

And Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, has noted that the 24-year-old's presence will help solve United's malaise in front of goal against lesser sides this season.

But Carragher continued to argue that the Reds' system would still undermine their defensive personnel.

"The positions of full backs is far too high and wide, for me".

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Carragher was adamant - extremely adamant - that one player, regardless of how good they are, can not solve Liverpool's shaky defence. They're bad defensively, one man won't change that. "It leaves centre backs exposed, I don't care who's at centre back, you can't do that much to stop those goals".

"So Liverpool have got to take 15 goals away that they concede year in, year out". The manager has been there 18 months now but there has been no change.

"That's what happened with the first goal, the corner came from a counter attack, Watford should have been one up before the corner".

Saturday's draw certainly proved that, for all of Liverpool's quality going forward, they are still weak at the back, and despite Carragher's pleas, signing Van Dijk is of paramount importance.

Carragher voiced his concerns after the game, but Gary Neville couldn't help but aim a dig at the former Liverpool defender on Twitter shortly after Watford's equaliser.

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