Virgil van Dijk is taken off at HALF-TIME with Liverpool 2-0 down at Brentford as Jurgen Klopp makes three changes - as Jamie Carragher insists the Reds boss 'had to make changes because that was unacceptable'

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Virgil van Dijk is taken off at HALF-TIME with Liverpool 2-0 down at Brentford as Jurgen Klopp makes three changes - as Jamie Carragher insists the Reds boss 'had to make changes because that was unacceptable'

  • Virgil van Dijk one of three Liverpool players taken off at half-time v Brentford
  • Jurgen Klopp's side were 2-0 down at the Bees after 45 minutes of action 
  • Liverpool finished on the receiving end of a 3-1 result at Thomas Frank's Bees 
  • The Liverpool captain was later seen on the bench with strapping on his leg 
  • Jamie Carragher said it was an 'unacceptable' first half showing from the Reds 
  • Harvey Elliott and Konstantinos Tsimikas were also substituted out at half-time

Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn whilst Liverpool were 2-0 down at half-time while away to Brentford on Monday - and it may have been because of injury.

It was a shambolic first half showing from the Reds, which saw them concede from an Ibrahima Konate own goal and then Yoane Wissa's strike for the Bees.

The London club ended up as 3-1 winners over their Merseyside rivals as both sides played their first Premier League action of 2023

Virgil van Dijk was one of three players taken off at half-time in Liverpool's match at Brentford

Virgil van Dijk was one of three players taken off at half-time in Liverpool's match at Brentford

Virgil van Dijk was one of three players taken off at half-time in Liverpool's match at Brentford

Klopp was not impressed with the first 45 minutes, and made a trio of substitutions, including taking off 31-year-old captain van Dijk.

Harvey Elliott, who was booked in the first ten minutes, and Konstantinos Tsimikas were the other two players taken off at half-time.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher said: 'Could have been anyone. It could have been five. He had to make changes because that was an unacceptable 45 minutes.'

On the Liverpool skipper, Carragher added: 'It will be interesting to see if that’s an injury or if he has just came off because he has struggled.' 

Jurgen Klopp's second half additions were Andrew Robertson, Naby Keita and Joel Matip

Jurgen Klopp's second half additions were Andrew Robertson, Naby Keita and Joel Matip

It may have been that van Dijk was taken off because of injury, with his right leg strapped up on the bench as the rest of the match played out. 

Klopp's second half additions were Naby Keita, Joel Matip, and Andrew Robertson, who took on the armband for the remainder of the match.

The manager's actions seemed to work in Liverpool's favour, as they clawed one back in the 50th minute through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

The Liverpool captain watched the second half from the bench with strapping on his right leg

The Liverpool captain watched the second half from the bench with strapping on his right leg

However, Bryan Mbeumo scored with six minutes to play, regaining Brentford's two-goal cushion after the pair of first-half goals.

The Bees also had the ball in the net an additional two times in the first half, but those attempts were ruled out for offside. 

Liverpool's defeat left them in sixth place in the Premier League, and are now just two points clear of Brentford, who rose to seventh.  

Former Southampton centre-back van Dijk has made 145 appearances for Liverpool since joining them in 2018, and featured in the heart of the Dutch defence at the 2022 World Cup.  

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