Jurgen Klopp identifies big Van Dijk error that caused Liverpool’s defeat to Nottingham Forest
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp admitted that Virgil van Dijk missed a clear goalscoring opportunity in the first-half of action at the City Ground as he mistakenly thought he was offside.
The Dutchman found himself only six yards out from goal and on the receiving end of a superb cross from James Milner only to nod the ball in the path of Bobby Firmino
“I think two incredible saves. I think the others were the better chances when we just missed the goal. I think Virgil in the first half thought he was offside, which he wasn’t,” the German told reporters post-match about the Reds’ chances.
Liverpool suffered their third defeat in the league this term after ex-Red Taiwo Awoniyi capitalised on a rebound from his initial shot in the second half.
The fact that gaining an early lead against Nottingham Forest may have allowed the Reds to win all three points on the day makes the No. 4’s honest blunder all the more heartbreaking.
Except for a few instances, the former Southampton player and his colleagues didn’t exactly shine in a display that lacked much in the way of intensive and effective desire throughout the game.
The pressures of the match schedule and the limited squad (due in large part to the recent spate of injuries) can be partially to blame for that, but it’s still a disappointing setback given that the momentum had seemed to be shifting in Liverpool’s favour.
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