Peter Crouch hits back at ‘arrogant’ Virgil van Dijk claim after Leeds error

Peter Crouch has hit back at claims from former Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor that Virgil van Dijk was too arrogant in his approach during Liverpool's narrow win over Leeds United.

The Dutch defender made a big mistake in the first-half when he failed to cut out a long ball and allowed Patrick Bamford to equalise and make it 2-2.

The Reds eventually went on to win 4-3, but speaking on talkSPORT on Sunday Agbonlahor stated his belief that Van Dijk was too over-confident against Marcelo Bielsa's side.

"Everyone knows Virgil van Dijk is an unbelievable defender," Agbonlahor said. "On the ball he can switch the diagonals, and defensively no one wants to come up against him.

"But I felt yesterday’s performance was, from Van Dijk, arrogant; that flick he made in the goal he gave away, it felt like ‘we are playing Leeds United, it’s going to be an easy game and I can let my standards drop.'"

Crouch, however, clearly disagrees, and he responded to an article with reference to Agbonlahor's comments on social media on Wednesday morning, tweeting: "I think he's made one mistake in 2 years," along with a bemused face emoji.

Van Dijk was also criticised by the likes of Jamie Carragher following the game, but the player himself appeared unconcerned by his error.

"It was one of those… they are situations that can happen," he said at full-time.

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"I always try to do my best and that's what I did. Unfortunately a goal came from it but I don't worry about that.

"No one wants to concede goals but it was intense for both teams. We trained for that and we knew that could happen."

Liverpool and Van Dijk are next in action on Sunday in a mouthwatering clash against Chelsea, who beat Brighton 3-1 in their first game of the season on Monday.

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