Jamie Carragher insists signing Virgil van Dijk won't solve Liverpool's defensive woes

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho is helped up by teammate Alberto Moreno during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Hong Kong

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho is helped up by teammate Alberto Moreno

Saturday's draw certainly proved that, for all of Liverpool's quality going forward, they are still weak at the back, and despite Carragher's pleas, signing Van Dijk is of paramount importance.

Sky Sports introduced a brand new look to Friday Night Football ahead of the new season, as host Kelly Cates was praised for her efforts, while Carra and Neville gave us solid entertainment from start to finish.

It was a superb season opener at the Emirates Stadium live on Sky Sports Premier League, with Olivier Giroud heading home an 85th minute victor to seal the three points for the Gunners.

But one moment in particular tickled plenty on social media. What have they been working on?'

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"But I don't care how good a centre-back, getting exposed on counter-attacks, you've got to cover the full width of the pitch, it's nearly impossible".

Carragher was adamant - extremely adamant - that one player, regardless of how good they are, can not solve Liverpool's shaky defence.

"I don't care who is at centre-back, you can't do that much to stop those goals". One player's not going to change that'. But Redknapp said a defender of Van Dijk's calibre, would instantly improve the team's performance at set-pieces, as he is a "leader".

'If you want to challenge for the Premier League then you need to concede 30 or 35 goals, so they need to take 15 goals away.

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"It's the setup of the manager, he's been here now 18 months: set-pieces are the worst in the league, conceded the most goals of the top six, there's still no change". They have been for a long time'. Carragher was in the process of saying, before Redknapp interrupted him.

"Did I think there was any hope of seeing Moreno in a Liverpool shirt again at the end of the season?" He said: 'There is a reason why they concede so many goals, because they are disorganised there and have no leaders at the back.

"I think (Virgil) Van Dijk's agent has got another 20 grand a week on his contract", said Redknapp.

'Sadio Mane has been one of Liverpool's best players, who nearly took the game by the scruff of the net.

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'There's a bit of energy and spark when he gets the ball and it's a wonderful goal'.

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