Van Dijk is not enough to fix Liverpool's 'shambolic' defence, insists Carragher

Both are also former Liverpool heroes, and it stands to reason that both would be concerned about Liverpool's defensive performance during their season opener against Watford.

The Reds conceded three terrible goals as they drew 3-3 in today's early kick-off against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Chiming in, Jamie Redknapp then suggests they need to sign Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk, who has been heavily linked with the club.

"With the way Liverpool set up at set-pieces they will always concede goals, I don't care what defenders they but or how much money they spend, it won't make a difference", he said.

"I mean he's been questioned about scoring in the big games, but that was a big problem for United a year ago, beating teams at home, teams they should beat, so I think he'll help with that".

You can see the full debate below. You just have to knock him out the way.

He said: "You've had a pre-season and nothing's changing". What have they been working on?' There's talk about Van Dijk coming in, yeah okay he's a good player, but it's from the side of the pitch, it's the way Liverpool set up.

"Whether it's zonal marking, the players he puts in certain positions, the positions of the full-backs in general play are far too high and wide for me, which gets centre-backs exposed".

He added: "You need people that want to head the ball". Watford should've been one-nil up before the corner, nothing changes.

The first concession came via a corner (a set-piece, which becomes the centre of discussion), as Stefano Okaka was unchallenged, allowing him to head at goal from only a few yards out.

"He will help, but on set-pieces it's not about the defence". They have been for a long time'.

"Did I think there was any hope of seeing Moreno in a Liverpool shirt again at the end of the season?"

"So Liverpool have got to take 15 goals away that they concede year in, year out".

The 24-year-old, who claimed 87 goals in four years at Everton, completed a £75m move to Old Trafford from Everton last month.

'Sadio Mane has been one of Liverpool's best players, who nearly took the game by the scruff of the net.

The former Reds midfielder did, though, have some positive words for Sadio Mane, who made it 1-1 with as superb finish and threatened regularly, as he likened the Senegalese to former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

'There's a bit of energy and spark when he gets the ball and it's a wonderful goal'.

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