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Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has hit back at Virgil van Dijk’s claim that he would not get into the Reds’ current squad by highlighting his own previous record against Real Madrid. The Dutchman has played against the Spanish giants for the club twice, losing in the Champions League final on both occasions with another two matches on the horizon after the two teams were drawn against each other in the round of 16.
Carragher and Van Dijk have been locked in a light-hearted debate since the 31-year-old claimed the Sky Sports pundit would not earn a spot in the current Liverpool squad. The Reds have struggled somewhat defensively this season yet that was not enough to convince the centre-back that they could be improved by the Scouser if he was playing today.
The comments appear to have had an effect on Carragher and he used today’s Champions League draw as a vehicle to get back at the Dutch captain. The Merseyside club were drawn against Real Madrid in what is a repeat of the 2018 and 2022 finals of the competition, two matches Liverpool lost.
The last Reds team to beat Los Blancos was their 2009 side, which featured Carragher as a key player within the club’s backline, and he wasted no time in using this to get back at Van Dijk.
“Last @LFC team to beat Real Madrid, 5-0 on aggregate!” he wrote on Twitter coupled with a picture of the Liverpool team for the encounter. “Hopefully you can keep two clean sheets @VirgilvDijk in the next clash! #ChampionsLeague”
Carragher’s quip follows comments from Van Dijk on the Overlap with Gary Neville, where he suggested he would not have Carragher in the current squad as he would be unsuited to the modern game.
The defender was asked by Carragher’s Sky Sports colleague Neville as to whether or not the 44-year-old would get into the team. To the former Manchester United right-back’s delight, Van Dijk responded: “Not even in the full squad, the first 20. He will be in the stands!
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“You have to think about it. You have two centre-backs playing, hopefully, I’m playing and it’s Joe Gomez now [alongside].
“You have Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate, you’re not going to put another centre-back in. I’m serious about that. He played many games for Liverpool but in the modern game I think Matip and Konate would be ahead of him.”
It appears Carragher has taken the comments to heart and it would be no surprise to see him continue the light-hearted debate into the future, taking advantage of any opportunity to put a petty dig in.
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