Pundit hits out at Virgil van Dijk after what he's just seen at Liverpool - 'caught out'
Frank McAvennie has suggested Trent Alexander-Arnold is being let down by Virgil van Dijk after another piece of questionable Liverpool defending.
The former Celtic and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 31-year-old Dutchman should have prevented Ajax’s equaliser during Tuesday’s (13 September) 2-1 Champions League win at Anfield.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip ensured Liverpool got back to winning ways in Europe after a 4-1 humiliation against Napoli last week (7 September).
As seen in footage from BT Sport (13 September), Alexander-Arnold was caught out by a ball in behind the Liverpool defence – while Van Dijk was left motionless as Mohamed Kudus slammed the ball past Alisson to level the score at 1-1.
McAvennie claimed the former Southampton and Celtic man should have intervened.
He suggested Van Dijk is no longer “coming out and shutting everything down” as he did during the 2021-22 campaign.
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The ex-striker told Football Insider’s Charlotte Cohen: “Trent Alexander-Arnold keeps getting caught out.
“The Ajax player makes a run in behind and people are pointing the finger at Trent. The centre-half should see that.
“Instead of covering for their right-back, they’re running back to goal.
“Alexander-Arnold is trouble when he goes forward.
“Previously he could get away with it because Van Dijk was coming out and shutting everything down – but he’s not doing that yet this season.
“That one last night, I think that could have been stopped. He must have seen the square ball – he’s one of the quickest players I’ve seen.”