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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk has taken responsibility for Arsenal’s second goal in their 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium, acknowledging his part in a crucial moment in the Premier League title race. The Gunners closed the gap at the top of the table with goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard.



In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Van Dijk admitted fault for Martinelli’s 67th-minute goal, a moment that drew criticism from fans and pundits alike. The Brazilian capitalized on a defensive lapse, with both Van Dijk and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson failing to deal with a bouncing ball, allowing Martinelli to score from 18 yards.




Van Dijk stated, “I take full responsibility for that [Martinelli’s goal]. The turning point is my responsibility; I should try to clear it. Obviously, these things don’t happen too often in my career, but I will recover from this.”





Acknowledging the physical nature of the game and avoiding excuses, Van Dijk explained that despite Alisson’s slight touch affecting his clearance attempt, he takes full responsibility and aims to prevent such incidents in the future. Expressing his disappointment with the unnecessary loss, he emphasized his commitment to working hard and bouncing back.



Fans on social media were quick to attribute blame to both the captain and the goalkeeper for their mistakes leading to Martinelli’s goal. Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane went further, criticizing Van Dijk for all three of Arsenal’s goals and likening Liverpool’s defensive line to a pub team.



Van Dijk’s admission of responsibility and determination to learn from the mistake reflects his accountability as a leader.



The defeat stung not only for him but for the entire club and its supporters. The upcoming match against Burnley at Anfield provides Liverpool with an opportunity to redeem themselves and regain momentum in the title race. The captain’s acknowledgment of the error and commitment to improvement sets the stage for Liverpool to bounce back from this setback


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