Ex-Liverpool duo gobsmacked as Hasselbaink makes Van Dijk claim

Date published: Monday 28th February 2022 11:08 - Joe Williams

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Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp disagree with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink that Thiago Silva is “better on the ball” than Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 11-10 on penalties in the League Cup final on Sunday with Kepa Arrizabalaga missing the crucial spot-kick after failing to save any of the Reds’ kicks.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, while Thomas Tuchel’s men have 11 so far this campaign.

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And both sides kept a clean sheet in 120 minutes of football at Wembley, despite both sides having numerous chances to score.

Silva and Van Dijk were both immense again at the weekend but Hasselbaink sparked a debate when he claimed the Chelsea defender was “better on the ball” than the Dutchman.

Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports: “How he plays, even when he is under pressure, he finds a solution. With his headers, he always goes to the right colour. When he intercepts his first pass is the majority of the time forward and the team can break.

“Virgil van Dijk as well. I think Silva is a bit better on the ball.”

Carragher cut in: “Are you sure?”

Hasselbaink replied: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I do think so.”

Carragher: “Have you seen Van Dijk play those passes across the pitch?”

Hasselbaink: “I’m not saying that he’s bad. I’m saying Silva is a little bit better on the ball. I think sometimes when Van Dijk is under pressure he kicks it out, while Silva wouldn’t, he finds a solution.”

Redknapp got involved: “Come on, Jimmy! Jimmy, he’s your fellow countryman.”

Carragher: “Are you going back to his Groningen days in Holland or something?”

Hasselbaink to Carragher: “I love Virgil van Dijk, I know you’re a Liverpool fan.

Redknapp: “He’s a football fan, he’s a football fan.”

Hasselbaink: “I’m a football fan and Silva, top class, Van Dijk, top class. Silva, a little bit better on the ball.”

Redknapp: “Jimbo!”

Kelly Cates added: “Jimmy, you are going to turn into a meme if we carry this conversation on.”

Hasselbaink finished by saying: “It’s a fact, I can show you.”


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