Virgil van Dijk stat shows £75m Liverpool man is error-prone in Premier League

Virgil van Dijk was at centre stage at Anfield on Saturday, as Liverpool left it late to beat Leeds United in their Premier League opener.

The Netherlands international scored one for the Reds, but was also part of a defence that conceded three times at the hands of newly promoted Leeds.

In particular, Van Dijk was at fault for Leeds' second goal as he failed to clear a long ball forward, allowing Patrick Bamford to score in front of an empty Kop.

That error, his third directly leading to a goal conceded, means he stands atop the list for Premier League outfield players since the start of 2018/19 season.

Following Saturday's 4-3 win, the £75million signing was slammed by pundits, with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggesting he took it too easy up against Bamford.

"That's just too arrogant," Carragher said on Sky Sports.

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"He tries to flick it around rather than just dealing with it. Maybe that's because it's Leeds United, a new team, and he thinks it's a little bit too easy.

"But Patrick Bamford has been given a gift by that man."

Van Dijk sounded less concerned, suggesting his error was simply part of what was an intense match with Marcelo Bielsa's side.

He told beIN SPORTS: "It was one of those… they are situations that can happen.

"I always try to do my best and that's what I did. Unfortunately a goal came from it but I don't worry about that.

"No one wants to concede goals but it was intense for both teams. We trained for that and we knew that could happen.

"The points are massive of course. They [Leeds] will trouble many teams in the league I think so it was good for us to get the three points. But we still have things to work on."

Mohammed Salah inspired the reigning champions to the win, netting an opening day hat-trick to fend off the Whites after an encouraging performance on their top-flight return.

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