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DANNY MURPHY: Virgil van Dijk's blunder typified error-strewn encounter between Liverpool and Leeds

By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:30 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 23:48 BST, 12 September 2020

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Three points are always welcome — and Mo Salah was in sensational form quite apart from his hat-trick — but this was a big wake-up call for Liverpool. 

They cannot be complacent whoever comes to Anfield. For a team that had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, this was very unlike the Liverpool we saw win the title. 

You wouldn't have known they conceded less than a goal a game last season.  

The dreadful error made by Virgil van Dijk typified Liverpool's error-strewn clash versus Leeds

The dreadful error made by Virgil van Dijk typified Liverpool's error-strewn clash versus Leeds

At moments, I thought they missed the intensity of the Anfield crowd and played with a false sense of security, particularly when a Leeds handball allowed them to score early. 

It even afflicted Virgil van Dijk — whose concentration is usually one of his best assets. His blunder for the second Leeds goal was uncharacteristic but typified Saturday's game.  

And let's credit Leeds, they were good enough to take advantage of sloppiness in the home ranks. 

The general play and pass from Kalvin Phillips for their first goal was fantastic.

Jurgen Klopp won't be happy. He said he wanted to attack rather than

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