That is the view of former Newcastle-keeper-turned pundit Shay Given.
Jurgen Klopp made it a concern in the summertime switch window to strengthen his defensive ranks.
He did herald Andy Robertson for £10million from Hull to offer wholesome festival for Alberto Moreno at left-back.
However, he did not land best goal Van Dijk at centre-back with Southampton insisting he was once not for sale after accusing Liverpool of illegally looking to ‘faucet up’ their prized asset.
Klopp admitted he checked out a bunch of defenders over “500million times” throughout the summer season.
But he failed to herald a participant to plug the opening in his defence with the Reds coming in for grievance as soon as once more for their frailties.
This was once highlighted even additional within the 2-Zero Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester on the King Power Stadium, with Jurgen Klopp insisting he’s ‘ill’ of his facet’s deficient protecting after the sport.
And Given has slammed Liverpool for their loss of making plans for an alternative choice to Van Dijk.
“Well there attacking firepower – I know last night they didn’t score – but they have got some great players going forward,” Given stated on Channel five’s Carabao Cup display.
“And it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out they want a defender to again them up.
“With Van Dijk they put all their eggs in a single basket, however Liverpool is this sort of large membership and so they will have to’ve had plan A, B, C, D and E if it was once for sure not going to occur.
“And that’s the frustrating thing for Liverpool fans that they didn’t get a replacement in at the back if Van Dijk wasn’t going to come to the club.”
Liverpool go back to the King Power Stadium to stand Leicester on Saturday (five:30pm).