By Frank McAvennie

9th Aug, 2022 | 11:07am

Virgil van Dijk singled out after what pundit saw at Liverpool - 'very sloppy'

Frank McAvennie has slammed Virgil van Dijk and his fellow Liverpool defenders for their “very sloppy” performance against Fulham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said Van Dijk, 31, was among the players far from their “best” in their opening Premier League game on Saturday (6 August).

Van Dijk conceded a penalty in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

The Netherlands international tripped Aleksandar Mitrovic inside the penalty area and referee Andy Madley pointed to the spot.

Nunez came off the bench to rescue Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring the Reds’ first and providing the assist for Mohamed Salah’s equaliser.

Speaking to club media (6 August), Klopp said his side’s performance felt like a defeat.

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When asked where it went wrong for the Reds at Craven Cottage, McAvennie told Football Insider: “They were very sloppy at the back.

Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gave the ball away a couple of times. Van Dijk wasn’t up to his best.

It’s the first game but Klopp got it right after the game, they were lucky to be walking away with a point because they didn’t deserve it. They didn’t deserve to win the game that’s for sure.

When you’ve got players like Nunez scoring goals like that, he’s a talent. Obviously they’re going to miss Mane but I don’t think they’ll miss him that much when you’ve got talent like that in the team.

In other news, an ex-Premier League referee has claimed Liverpool are victims of major injustice as controversial Jordan Henderson footage emerges.