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Pundits slam Liverpool defender Van Dijk for Chelsea equaliser: It's lazy, isn't it?

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was slammed by pundits for Chelsea's equaliser in Sunday's 2-2 draw.

A ball over the top caught out Liverpool 's high-line as Pulisic cooly slotted home to complete a quick-fire turnaround.

Pulisic found himself in acres of space to pick his spot - and ex-Reds captain Graeme Souness was baffled as to why Van Dijk did not make more of an effort to get across and block the shot.

Speaking at half-time on Sky Sports, Souness said: “Why has Van Dijk not come across there?

“He's just running in a straight line back to his goal.

“Come over, come over, come over - he's not even sprinting."

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink went a step further as he questioned Van Dijk's effort, adding: “It's lazy, isn't it?"

Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, blamed Liverpool's “obsession" with playing offside and keeping in line as they got caught out.

Carragher said: “They've got an obsession, Liverpool's centre-backs, you see this a lot where they always stay in line with each other.

“They never cover each other - there's an obsession with playing offside.

“We noticed that right throughout the game, the space between the two centre-backs is too big.

“Initially, his starting position, Van Dijk, because he's not intense enough to get over, he doesn't want to cover his other centre-back.

“He stays in the same line, and that's why he's too far to get across."


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