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Ben Foster blasts Van Dijk's 'ridiculous' missed headers vs Nottingham Forest
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Ben Foster blasts Van Dijk's 'ridiculous' missed headers vs Nottingham Forest

Ben Foster has had a go at Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk for his missed headers against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The Dutchman has often been Liverpool’s most reliable player over the years, but since the start of this season, he just looks very different to his previous self. His defending has come under immense criticism this campaign, but it was what he did at the other end of the pitch at the City Ground on Saturday that raised many eyebrows.

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Ben Foster blasts Van Dijk’s ‘ridiculous’ missed headers vs Nottingham Forest

Many times over the last few years, you’ve heard people say Van Dijk prevented an opposition player from scoring a hat-trick against Liverpool. On Saturday, he stopped himself.

The £75 million (BBC) defender had three glorious opportunities to score for Liverpool. Twice, he tried to square the ball to a teammate instead of heading it in, while on the third occasion, he was denied by an outstanding stop by Dean Henderson.

Liverpool went on to lose the game 1-0, but on another day, Van Dijk would’ve been walking away with the match ball.

Foster addressed the three incidents in a video on his YouTube channel yesterday, and he just couldn’t believe Van Dijk squandered two brilliant chances the way he did.

On nominating him for ‘chump of the week’, Foster said: “Virgil van Dijk – not for his defending, but for the two headers he has to score.

“The one save by Henderson is a world-class save, but it shouldn’t even be a save. You shouldn’t have a chance to save a header from that far out, that free of a header.

“He had one in the first half as well (when he tried to square it to Firmino), what’s he doing? Ridiculous!”

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It was just one of those days for Liverpool on Saturday and it has been one of those seasons as well.

The Reds have won just four out of their first 11 games in the Premier League. If you had said that to someone right after the Community Shield three months ago, they would’ve called you crazy.

It’s just unbelievable that Liverpool are in the position that they are in, and as much as injuries have been a big factor, they can only blame themselves for some of the errors they’ve been committing in games.

The World Cup next month could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Liverpool. However, the likes of Van Dijk will be flying to Qatar with their national team, and there’s every chance they’ll come back even more fatigued.

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