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

Manuel Lanzini has been sensational for West Ham and can be their creator

Manuel Lanzini has been sensational for West Ham and can be their creator

Jurgen Klopp's side drew 3-3 at Watford in their opening Premier League game of the season, with poor marking leading to Stefano Okaka's first, an inability to track runners contributing to Abdoulaye Doucoure's second and shambolic defending at a corner causing Miguel Britos's late equaliser.

"Van Dijk is better, that's why they're going to spend £50 or £60 million on him", he said. You think, 'what are your weaknesses?' - set-pieces, getting done on the counter-attack. What defenders can do it? The way Liverpool are set up - set piece wise - they will always concede goals. However, they had different solutions to the issue.

But once again Carragher disagreed, he said: "If Van Dijk was playing instead of Lovren or Matip - he would have been in one of their positions".

'There are two ways of marking at a set piece and Liverpool are bad at zonal marking, ' Carragher said on Sky Sports, while critiquing Liverpool's defending for the Watford opener.

But that just acts like a red flag to a bull for Carragher, who continues to rant and argue with his colleague, as you can see above.

One Arsenal fan managed to hit back at the former Liverpool player with a response that contained more medical terminology that we're used to seeing in the world of football Twitter.

'They play so high and wide that they have a centre-back exposed there all the time.

"One man won't change Liverpool's defence".

"I don't care who is at centre-back, you can't do that much to stop those goals".

"If you want to challenge for the Premier League, or win the Premier League, you've got to be conceding less than a goal a game: 30, 35 goals. So Liverpool need to take 15 goals away".

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.

It takes their tally to 27 goals conceded from set-pieces during Jurgen Klopp's reign - the most racked up by any of the top-six during that period.

But the former Reds centre-back is correct in suggesting that Klopp needs to address flaws in his setup, as they are only fated to remain regardless.