Van Dijk hits back at ‘former footballers’

Van Dijk hits back at ‘former footballers’
Van Dijk hits back at ‘former footballers’

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been unhappy with the relentless criticism from “former footballers” following the Merseysiders’ Champions League loss to Napoli last week, but Rio Ferdinand has defended his position.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 4-1 in Italy at the start of the tournament in one of their weakest games in years. The defensive performance has been extremely unconvincing and even club legend Jamie Carragher has spoken about the fact that Jurgen Klopp may not fulfill his contract with the club.

The biggest criticism came from Van Dijk, who really looked like himself from the beginning of the campaign. And the Dutchman got the right to answer after last night’s victory over Ajax.

“Coming back from the horror in Naples, it was very important to show a positive reaction. It’s not easy to erase what happened, but it’s a step in the right direction. It was very important to win before the international break – said Van Dijk as quoted by “We don’t listen to the outside world. Many former footballers who know exactly what we are going through keep talking, but we are aware that our previous game was very weak.”

Rio Ferdinand was in the BT studio and the former Manchester United defender, who recently revealed that he thinks Van Dijk is a better defender than him and is willing to take a lie detector test to prove it, has defended himself and colleagues you are experts.

“If I thought the criticism was wrong, or I thought it was personal, then I would seek accountability. But if it was deserved, then you know what I would do? Put my hands up and admit it,” said the former England star.

It wasn’t just in the loss against Napoli that former Southampton and Celtic centre-back Van Dijk played poorly. It was like that against Fulham and against Manchester United, and against Ajax he was also far from the class we are used to showing.

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