Jamie Carragher criticizes two Liverpool players after Arsenal disrupt the title race

Liverpool players were dejected after losing to Arsenal (Image: Getty). Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has torn into Virgil van Dijk and Alisson after the pair made a vital mistake to gift Arsenal three points on Sunday afternoon. The centre-back and goalkeeper failed to clear a long pass from Gunners defender Gabriel, allowing Gabriel Martinelli to tap the ball into an empty net, turning the tide in the second half. Arsenal went 1-0 up thanks to a Bukayo Saka strike, but Liverpool levelled the score on the stroke of half time when Gabriel turned the ball into his own net.

Ibrahima Konate was sent off for picking up two yellow cards before Leonardo Trossard added the icing on the win, firing through Alisson’s legs from an acute angle. Van Dijk needs to head that – does the goalkeeper make a bit of a rash decision? Yes, but Van Dijk just needs to head it! “Don’t complicate it, don’t let it bounce!

Head it back to Konate, or Alisson, he gets nudged slightly which might put Alisson slightly but that’s well within Martinelli’s right to do that – we’re playing at the top level. The two of them have been fantastic, but that one is an absolute howler. Van Dijk, he’s been involved in all three of those goals tonight – the first he just needs to stay in position, the second he needs to head it away, and the third he has to come across. Konate has gone off and you’re a defender down and there’s very few weaknesses in Van Dijk’s game but this is one of them.”

Roy Keane added: “I agree with Jamie, I think defenders are making things overly complicated for themselves. Just head the ball! We’ve had players be quite laid back, casual – switch on! Smell the danger, head the ball!

You’re a big, strong boy, just get it clear!” Addressing his mistake, Van Dijk said: “Eventually a very tough day. I take full responsibility for that and it’s a big turning point in the game. It hurts, especially for me and for the team.

It’s a big turning point because especially after the break we had big opportunities and they started to become a bit more nervous. We became dominant in the second half. I made the wrong decision and should have cleared it, but these things happen in the split seconds. I will take responsibility but I learn from things when they do not go well.”

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