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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained why Virgil van Dijk’s injury derailed Liverpool’s title challenge this season.
Liverpool were widely considered favorites to retain their title after beating Crystal Palace on December 19, but a disastrous run of form since Christmas has extinguished those hopes.
Wenger, who appeared on beIN Sports after Liverpool’s 3-1 loss at Leicester, was asked to identify why Liverpool’s season had plummeted so dramatically.
Identifying Van Dijk’s injury as the ‘main reason’ for the decline, Wenger said: “One of the main reasons (Liverpool are struggling) is that they lost (Virgil) to Van Dijk. One of their main strengths was winning the ball. High with (Jordan) Henderson in midfield, losing Henderson in the back, they lost that.
“They were successful because they won the ball high and fed their forwards. They have lost a bit of that with injuries and changes in the system.
– beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) February 13, 2021
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