Jurgen Klopp sends message to Virgil van Dijk and Alisson after errors that led to Arsenal victory
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 05
There was a major mix-up between two of Liverpool’s senior stars (Picture: Getty0

has defended and are the two were at calamitously at fault in ’s defeat to .

The Gunners reduced Liverpool’s lead at the summit of the to two points

A major mix-up at the back saw the visitors wipe out ’s opener just before half-time with Gabriel bundling the ball into his own net after a mix-up between and .

But to hand Arsenal back the lead with van Dijk and Alisson both failing to deal with a long ball over the top, allowing Gabriel Martinelli top tap home into an empty net.

Leandro Trossard added a third for Arsenal to wrap up all three points with Alisson also at fault after Ibrahima Konate was shown a red card.

with Klopp putting it down to a simple ‘misunderstanding’.

‘Our two main guns had a misunderstanding,’ Klopp said.

‘They are human beings. That makes what they usually do even more special.’

Marinelli scored a crucial second for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Van Dijk explained he had made the wrong decision in not attempting to clear the ball immediately, with the bounce allowing Martinelli to exploit the mistake.

‘It was a tough day,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘The [goal for] 2-1, I take full responsibility for that, I should be have done better and made a better decision and it hurts.

‘Especially for me but the rest of the team. It was a big turning point.

‘We were having opportunities, we were dominant, the atmosphere [at the Emirates] was a bit nervous.

‘We were dominant in the second half until that turning point. I should just try clear it but I made the wrong the decision, These things don’t happen too often but I will recover and I will take responsibility.

‘I’m not looking for excuses. It’s split second decisions you make, I chose to let the ball bounce and put my body in the way. Things happen. But I will try to make sure it never happens again.’