The defender had a flurry of chances in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium
Jurgen Klopp lamented Virgil van Dijk’s failure to take three presentable chances that the Liverpool manager claims he’d have scored.
Van Dijk saw a first half effort saved by Bernd Leno after controlling the ball on his chest, then he headed against the post after the German goalkeeper had come for a cross and missed.
Then in the second period, the Dutchman’s header from a corner was tipped over the top by Leno.
James Milner’s strike just after the hour mark was later cancelled out by a terrific goal from Alexnadre Lacazette, with Liverpool left to rue the decision to disallow Sadio Mane’s first half strike which should have stood .
But Klopp seemed happy with the point.
“A point is a good result, (Unai) Emery can say the same, but we had clear chances,” said the German.
“When Arsenal chase the game they throw everyone on the pitch which is really cool and we were not as compact as I wanted.
“Our workhorses in midfield, we put too much on their shoulders. And it was one time we didn’t close Alex Iwobi and he plays the pass for the goal.
“They had a few chances for sure, it’s a home game for them. They are in a good moment. We got a point, we deserved a point and we could have had more. I don’t feel like we dropped two points.
“I saw Virgil van Dijk after the game and he said ‘I should have had a hat-trick.’ I was not a good football player but I was good at heading and today I would have scored three.”
The point takes Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City’s clash with
Southampton on Sunday.