Alan Shearer calls Virgil van Dijk’s Liverpool display v Watford a ‘horror show’

Virgil van Dijk might be the best defender in the world but his performance at the weekend has been labelled a "horror show" by Alan Shearer.

The Dutchman was part of a Liverpool defence that shipped three goals at Watford as the Reds lost their first Premier League game of the season.

Ismalia Sarr was a constant nuisance with his pace and power difficult to handle and Troy Deeney's third goal came from a defensive error by Liverpool

Van Dijk has usually been such an assured presence at the centre of defence but the Premier League's most clinical striker claimed he showed "he's human".

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“He had a rare bad day at Watford didn’t he, in fact the whole team did," said Shearer's BBC colleague Gary Lineker.

Before the Newcastle legend responded: “Yeah it’s not unusual to see three or four players have a poor game but it’s very, very unusual to see every single player have an absolute horror show and [Van Dijk] did,” he added.

“I know [Dejan] Lovren got a lot of the criticism on Saturday but [Van Dijk] had a poor game, [Andy] Robertson had a poor game, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] – every single one of them, they were all over the place.”

It means Liverpool have conceded six goals in their past three outings prior to their FA Cup clash with Chelsea.

Three of those came against Watford, two against West Ham and one against Atletico Madrid.

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Liverpool do have the best defence in the league and by some distance with Jurgen Klopp's side shipping just 20 goals in 28 games.

The Reds also had the the most resilient defence last term having conceded just 22 goals throughout their 38 games.

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