Virgil van Dijk has suggested his clearance wasn’t good enough for PSG’s opening goal, which was scored by Bernat after sloppy work from our backline.
The Dutchman sliced a clearance, but the ball was still there to be hoofed away by either Joe Gomez or Dejan Lovren, both of whom allowed the Spanish wing-back the opportunity to get on the ball and then shoot.
Alisson was terrific throughout, but there could even be an argument to suggest he sold himself to the other corner of the net, which allowed the fairly tame shot to dribble in past his near post.
Van Dijk though has promised to improve, not that we think he really needs to very much.
“Yes, definitely [I’m disappointed with them]. The one I tried to clear, the ball came behind me a little bit and they picked up the second ball,” he told the official website. “It should have been better there but everyone sometimes makes mistakes. I need to learn from that. The second one was on the break – that’s what they’re good at. We need to do better. You make it difficult for yourself if you’re 2-0 down, especially after 30 minutes or so. We bounced back in the second half, we did well. We had the belief as well. Now the point is to recover from this and make sure everyone is ready for the weekend.”
For us, Gomez shouldn’t be used as right-back. He’s far worse in that role than he is in the middle alongside van Dijk – and his performances haven’t warranted him being shifted – especially with Trent Alexander-Arnold improving recently.
Against Everton, we think Trent will come into the side at the expense of Lovren, while the midfield will surely be rejigged as well.
We’d love to see Naby Keita from the outset in a midfield two alongside Fabinho, with Xherdan Shaqiri playing from the right in the 4-2-3-1 formation that has seen us at our best this term.