Wenger blasts Van Dijk after Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Barcelona


Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has hit out at Virgil van Dijk’s defending for Barcelona’s opening goal in their 3-0 win over Liverpool.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the La Liga champions in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, after losing Van Dijk to fire home.

Lionel Messi then added two goals in the second, including a spectacular free-kick.

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Wenger told beIN Sports: “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.

“Especially from a centre-back with that quality… he lets him go. At the start, his position is not bad, but he refuses to respond.

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“It’s a great goal because the cross is fantastic. For a goalscorer it is ideal. It is marvellous football.”

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