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Jamie Carragher gave an insight into how Liverpool can stop Romelu Lukaku in Saturday's crunch clash with Chelsea.
Lukaku made an instant impact on his return to the Premier League, firing Thomas Tuchel's side into an early lead as they swatted aside Arsenal.
The £97million man dominated the Gunners' defence, also forcing a fingertip save from Bernd Leno in Chelsea's 2-0 victory.
But Carragher believes Liverpool have a solution to the Lukaku problem in the shape of centre-half colossus Virgil van Dijk.
And the former Reds defender says Jurgen Klopp's side will be much more capable of nullifying the threat posed by the former Inter Milan and Manchester United striker.
“The best way to describe Arsenal is they tried to play like Man City or Liverpool would do but they haven’t got the players," Carragher said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.
"Liverpool won’t change for Chelsea but Van Dijk is the one player, certainly in the Premier League, who will fancy his chances up against Lukaku.
"It’s going to be a great battle but Liverpool, I have no doubt, will be looking to push up to the halfway line.
"What we saw yesterday from Lukaku doesn’t mean he’s going to do that to every defender.
"It was bad organisation. He’s a handful, he’s a top striker and he will score lots of goals but a lot of that was caused by Arsenal.”
Saturday's showdown at Anfield will be an early test of Liverpool and Chelsea's title credentials, with both teams having won their opening two games.
Lukaku's showing against Arsenal suggested he can be the missing piece for Tuchel's Champions League winners as they look to take the Premier League crown from Manchester City.
But Carragher said the Gunners had been "naive" in their plan to stop the striker.
"There’s a lot of talk about Lukaku but that’s not the only problem, it’s how you deal with their system," said the former centre-back.
“Holding’s job was to look after Kai Havertz, Mari was in the middle with Lukaku and Mason Mount was deeper with Granit Xhaka.
"They almost went man to man, maybe a touch naive. You see them sticking with those men and, when the ball goes wide, Kieran Tierney’s job is to get out to the full-back, Reece James, and Xhaka’s job is to get into a left-sided centre-back position, almost a back three.
"There was a lot of talk that they should have played a back three, maybe they would have if Ben White was fit. A lot of the times, it was a back three, you see the initial idea of how they wanted to play.
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“The two goals, they went away from the system we’ve been talking about slightly and they’ve got caught out. It’s almost man for man but Mason Mount attaches himself to Kieran Tierney and that gives him a problem, you’re back to your conventional 4-2-3-1.
"Granit Xhaka isn’t thinking about the ball into Lukaku, he’s looking over his shoulder to see where Mount was.
"The plan was never to stop the ball coming into Lukaku, it’s how to stop it going into Havertz and Mount. It goes into the striker and you have the problem, Tierney has been dragged inside and we know the consequences.
“The second goal, again it’s the back three. Where Mason Mount goes, Xhaka goes. It’s more trying to stop the number 10s than the ball into Lukaku. The problem is, Xhaka sees the big hole and he comes over, Kieran Tierney finds himself caught in no man’s land.
"There was a plan but to think that Arsenal’s back four, or back three, could almost go man-to-man against Chelsea was very naive.”
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