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

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Their side were trailing 2-1 at the break after Watford twice took the lead through Stefano Okaka and then Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Redknapp suggested that Liverpool's defensive problems would be solved if they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

He's also seen his fortunes with the Dutch national team change, despite enjoying some exemplary performances at Celtic, the Breda native worldwide debut came in October 2015 and has to date played 12 times for Oranje.

'There are two ways of marking at a set piece and Liverpool are terrible at zonal marking, ' Carragher said on Sky Sports, while critiquing Liverpool's defending for the Watford opener.

"Nothing changes, what have they done pre-season?" What have they worked on?

Redknapp said: "I look at that Liverpool back four and there's a reason why they concede so many goals because they're disorganised and they have no leaders at the back".

'It's nearly impossible. What defenders can do that?' Van Dijk will improve it, yeah, but one man can't change it all'. It's not rocket science, set-pieces and counter-attacks. "Nothing changes. What have we done pre-season?" That's what I think and that's why he wants to spend £60m on him.

"I think (Virgil) Van Dijk's agent has got another 20 grand a week on his contract", said Redknapp.

Neville then asked for evidence of Carragher's demise after Watford equalised, and Twitter replied with videos of Carragher having a meltdown with co-pundit Jamie Redknapp.

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

"You've got Firmino there", Carragher countered. "They need a leader to head that ball clear". 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".

You can watch their argument here.

Twitter found the argument between the two former teammates very amusing...

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