Liverpool hosted Tottenham on Sunday afternoon and the Premier League sides played out a thrilling yet highly controversial 2-2 draw at Anfield.
In a crazy closing period, Victor Wanyama equalised in the 80th-minute with a superb volley and the visitors would’ve gone ahead had Loris Karius not saved Harry Kane’s first penalty.
Mohamed Salah looked to have won it in stoppage time with an amazing individual effort, only for referee Jon Moss to award Spurs another penalty, which Kane converted for his 100th Premier League goal.
There were several talking points following the full-time whistle, but the biggest of them all was arguably the incident involving Virgil van Dijk which led to Kane’s dramatic spot-kick leveller.
Liverpool’s January signing was attempting to clear the ball out the box when he collided with Erik Lamela, and Manchester United fans couldn’t wait to have their say after the match.
WAS IT A PENALTY?
Whilst there was clear contact between Van Dijk and Lamela, many people believe it certainly wasn’t enough for the Spurs winger to go down – but the penalty was given.
Up until that moment, it’s fair to say that the ex-Southampton man had enjoyed a fine game, producing some dominant pieces of defending and visibly commanding those around him.
However, Van Dijk, who joined the Reds for £75 million, was brought in to stop them conceding goals, and that’s the point many Man Utd fans made after his stats for Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged.
LIVERPOOL’S STATS WITH VAN DIJK
As you can see below, a tweet detailing Van Dijk at Liverpool emerged after the remarkable encounter with Tottenham – and it makes for pretty grim reading.
Virgil van Dijk as a Liverpool player:
Games played 4
Games won – 1
Games lost – 2
Games drawn – 1
Goals conceded – 7
Clean sheets – 0
£75M down the drain.#LIVTOT
— Banter FC (@mrbanterfc) February 4, 2018
In four games so far with Van Dijk, Liverpool have conceded seven goals, failed to keep a clean sheet, and in fact, they haven’t won a league match when the 26-year-old has featured.
To make matters worse, the Merseysiders beat both Manchester City and Huddersfield Town in the only two matches Van Dijk has missed since his transfer – a world-record for a defender.
WHAT MAN UTD FANS ARE SAYING ON TWITTER
Check out the best of Man United supporters’ reactions below:
£75m Van dijk conceding a 94th minute pen. Just couldn’t make it up could ya 😂😂😂
— Steve Ashley (@SteveAshleyy) February 4, 2018
Van Dijk for Liverpool thus far:
– No clean sheet against Everton
– Assisted Swansea's winner
– Bullied by Half Robson-Kanu in a 3-2 home loss against West Brom
– Gave away a penalty to earn Spurs a point
7 goals conceded in 4 games with him on the pitch.
— • (@PogbesqueV3) February 4, 2018
I wasn’t pissed when Liverpool signed Van Dijk because it’s the way Klopp sets up his team and that’s why they are still conceding goals
— Yusuf (@XtremezDon) January 27, 2018
Virgil van Dijk is a boss….. hasn't kept a clean sheet since his £75 million arrival and has been involved in more goals for the opposition than any other Liverpool player. 🤣🤣🤣
— The Maz (@TheMaz7) February 4, 2018
So turns out the £75m Van Dijk still can’t stop Liverpool conceding goals. But Sanchez deal was expensive…… #mufc
— Hugo (@hughdinho) January 28, 2018
Of course, given the stick Man Utd received when they splashed nearly £90 million to bring back Paul Pogba, their fans are almost always going to jump on anything negative Van Dijk does.
That said, lots of people thought his arrival would drastically improve Liverpool’s defensive issues, but judging by the record above, that hasn’t been the case so far.
Given how good their attack is, the fact that Liverpool have let in more league goals than United, Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and Burnley is something which needs to be addressed.