Rio Ferdinand and Arsene Wenger have both criticised Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, claiming he could have done more to prevent Barcelona’s opening goal against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Luis Suarez turned in Jordi Alba’s cross in the first half to put the Spanish club 1-0 up in the Champions League semi-final clash at the Nou Camp. Now, fans can visit PA-Bet.com to see the odds of Liverpool clawing back the advantage looks really slim in the second leg.
They went on to beat Liverpool 3-0 as Lionel Messi scored twice to put one foot in the final.
Van Dijk’s role in that Suarez’s opener was criticised by both former Arsenal manager Wenger and ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand.
Wenger admitted to beIN Sports thatt Liverpool played with high intensity. According to him, they were unlucky to be 1-0 down.
He said, “Physically they are stronger than Barcelona, especially pace-wise. Barcelona made two or three yellow cards because they could not even run with Liverpool’s players.
“But when they get into the final third Barca have that quality. One chance, one goal.
“It is very interesting because Virgil van Dijk (usually) covers, but he should go with Suarez to cover that goal.
He praised Suarez’ goal and admitted that the cross was sublime. For a goalscorer it is ideal. It is marvellous football.
Meanwhile, speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand bluntly stated that Virgil van Dijk was at fault.
He continued, “He can see Suarez there, he’s pointing where he wants it. It’s not rocket science.
“He’s right in front of him – that’s your man – the no9 on the back of his shirt. Static. Virgil van Dijk there was static. It’s criminal.
Ferdinand concluded, “In that position he has to be Matip’s eyes and ears. He’ll be disappointed with that.”