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08th Nov 2022

Jamie Carragher couldn’t resist making another jibe at Virgil van Dijk

Lee Costello

Jamie Carragher Virgil van Dijk

Carragher makes his point on Twitter.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher couldn’t resist making another jibe at Virgil van Dijk, following comments that the Dutchman made on Gary Neville’s podcast.

The Liverpool vice-captain claimed that the Sky Sports pundits wouldn’t make the current Liverpool team ahead of Joel Matip or Ibrahima Konate.

“Like the squad or the 11? He wouldn’t even make the full squad, or the first 20, he would be in the stands”, said van Dijk.

“You have to really think about it, you have two centre backs playing. Hopefully I’m playing and then Joe Gomez now. Then you have Matip and Konate [he wouldn’t get ahead of them].

“He played many, many games for Liverpool but I think the modern day game, Matip and Konate would be ahead of him.”

Carragher already responded on Twitter, posting a stat that highlighted how he and former Anfield goalkeeping hero Pepe Reina kept more clean sheets in their first 200 games together than van Dijk and Alisson.

Jamie Carragher Virgil van Dijk

However, following yesterday’s Champions League draw in which Liverpool got Real Madrid, the 2005 European Cup winner wanted to underline his point.

Carragher posted on Twitter a photo of the Liverpool team that last beat the Spanish giants back in 2008, and tagged his verbal sparring partner in it.

“Last @LFC team to beat Real Madrid, 5-0 on aggregate! Hopefully you can keep two clean sheets @VirgilvDijk in the next clash! #ChampionsLeague”

That Rafa Benitez team hammered the Galacticos of that era 4-0 at Anfield, with goals coming from Fernando Torres, Andrea Dossena and two from Steven Gerrard.

They then won at the Bernabeu 1-0, meaning that Carragher and his centre back partner Martin Skrtel kept back-to-back clean sheets.

As successful as this current crop of Liverpool players have been, Real Marid have been a bit of a bogey team for them.

They lost 3-1 to them in the 2018 Champions League final, were knocked out by them in 2021, and then again in the 2022 Champions League final.

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