Owen hits out at one Liverpool player over his ‘worst display’

Date published: Wednesday 7th November 2018 4:00

Michael Owen thinks Virgil van Dijk’s performance in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade was the “worst” he has seen him play.

The Reds lost in Serbia after Milan Pavkov scored two goals in the first 29 minutes as Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to reply.

Van Dijk was part of the Liverpool defence and former Reds striker Owen was far from impressed with his display.

“I said Van Dijk was the best defender in the world at the moment,” Owen said on BT Sport.

“That’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen him play.

“So it was bad from back to front, right the way through the team for Liverpool.”

And during BT Sport’s half-time coverage, Owen was critical of Van Dijk’s role in Red Star’s first as he lost Pavkov for the opener.

“Van Dijk’s made a couple of mistakes,” Owen said.

“It’s frustrating because for a large part, the first part, really Liverpool were in control.

“And then there was a few mistakes here for the goal.

“It’s a zonal system in many ways but then you’ve got a couple of blockers around the penalty spot.

“And then Pavkov gets in-between (Daniel) Sturridge and Van Dijk really.

“I think if anyone is to blame it’s Van Dijk.

“It goes over Sturridge’s head and he’s got to be able to see that and challenge for it.”


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