‘It’s not rocket science’ – Rio Ferdinand destroys one ‘criminal’ Liverpool player v Barca

Liverpool were quietly confident going into the showdown against Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp had guided his side to the final four of the competition, only a season after they went all the way to the final where they were beaten by Real Madrid.

Even though the Reds took the game to Barcelona in the first half, it was always a tough task trying to win at the Camp Nou.

And that it is simply how it turned out as Barca took the lead before the break in a goal which was perhaps against the run of the play.
Luis Suarez scored and then celebrated against his former club in a moment which changed the context of the tie significantly.
And after seeing the Reds concede that goal, Rio Ferdinand picked out Virgil van Dijk as the man to blame in the build up.
For Ferdinand, Liverpool’s much-lauded defender was the player at fault this time.

“Virgil van Dijk here, he’s at fault,” Ferdinand said as quoted by This is Futbol.

“He can see Suarez there, he’s pointing where he wants it. It’s not rocket science.

“He’s right in front of him, that’s your man with the number nine on the back of his shirt.

“Virgil van Dijk there is static. That’s criminal in that position. He’s got to be [Joel] Matip’s eyes and ears, move Matip where you want him to maybe stop the ball in the first instance, but if not, you have to go with your man there.

“He will be disappointed with that.”