Jamie Redknapp blames one Chelsea player after Carabao Cup loss to Liverpool. He did well against Man City

Virgil van Dijk
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Jamie Redknapp has pointed the finger of blame at Chelsea defender Axel Disasi for his poor awareness, as Van Dijk scored a late extra time winner, during the Carabao Cup final between the Blues and Liverpool on Sunday evening.

Virgil van Dijk scored the winner for the Reds very late into extra time, as Mauricio Pochettino was denied another opportunity to win his first trophy as a manager in English football.

Both the Dutchman and Raheem Sterling had found the net during normal time, but they had their goals ruled off by VAR for offside.

Conor Gallagher and Cody Gakpo also struck the post in the closing stages, but just when the game seemed headed for a penalty shootout, Van Dijk popped up with a goal steering Kostantinos Tsimikas’ corner into the far left side of Djordje Petrovic’s post with his head.

Both Pochettino and his Chelsea stars were utterly disappointed as the goal went in, and they came to the realisation of what could have been, but Redknapp has blamed Disasi for not doing a better job of marking Van Dijk.

“Disasi is a big man and he just didn’t deal with him well enough. It wasn’t incredible movement from Virgil but he just wanted it more,” the ex-Liverpool and England midfielder said.

“It was a good flat delivery from Tsimikas and he just wanted. That’s sometimes what can happen at set-pieces.

“With Chelsea you can see that little bit of fear perhaps because they’ve won so many and then you just start to panic a little bit and they couldn’t get close enough to Virgil.

“He just flicks it in and it’s a great header.”