View: Failure to sign proven PL star cost Liverpool a win against Watford
By Abigail Withey
Boss Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed with Liverpool’s result from their Premier League opening match against Watford.
The Reds managed to snatch one point from their game at Vicarage Road on Saturday in a 3-3 draw.
While the Merseyside club managed to clinch three goals thanks to Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmini and new recruit Mohamed Salah, the squad’s defence looked unorganised and panicked throughout the game.
By half-time the Reds were 2-1 down, and the two goals scored by opposition players Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure simply shouldn’t have been made possible by the defence.
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Klopp’s side created a number of chances, and probably should’ve taken away three points from Vicarage Road, but their backline prevented that.
Their performance in Saturday’s tie should highlight that the squad is crying out for a proven strong defender, and that defender needs to be Virgil Van Dijk.
The club and Saints centre-back have had a somewhat turbulent relationship during the transfer window, with Southampton complaining about Liverpool’s approach signing the star, but now all seems to have gone a bit quiet.
In fact, Van Dijk handed in his transfer request last week in order to make a departure from St Mary’s stadium, but a recent report in the Daily Echo recently revealed that no bids had been submitted for the defender despite opening discussing his desire to leave.
Alarm bells should now be ringing more than ever after their display against Watford, as it begs the question: how their defence will handle the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero when they face big clubs like Manchester City in the coming weeks?
Klopp has just a few weeks before deadline day, so should aim to swoop and sign the Southampton defender as soon as possible, as a January signing will be too late.
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