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Van Dijk fires back at criticism of Liverpool’s defending in Real Madrid beating

Van Dijk fires back at criticism of Liverpool’s defending in Real Madrid beating

UEFA, La Liga, Premier League
Virgil van Dijk has hit back at the huge criticism of his and Liverpool’s defending in last night’s 5-2 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid. The Reds looked to be on course to avenge defeat in last season’s final when they went into a two goal lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, with Darwin Nunez and Salah both on target. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); But Real responded with a devastating display of attacking football and clinical finishing to render the return leg almost irrelevant. While players like Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema took the plaudits, Real’s rampant forwards benefited from the poor defending that has become a hallmark of Liverpool’s season that is likely to be reduced to competing for a top four place in the Pr...
Virgil van Dijk aims brutal dig at Man Utd over Cody Gakpo transfer

Virgil van Dijk aims brutal dig at Man Utd over Cody Gakpo transfer

World Cup 2022, Premier League
Vrigil van Dijk aimed a brutal dig at Manchester United, hinting they have little chance of signing Cody Gakpo as and when the player opts to leave the Eredivisie club. Cristiano Ronaldo named in the worst team of the World Cup group stage Ronaldo opens up on heated spat after Portugal substitution in South Korea defeat Why Japan’s winning goal that eliminated Germany was allowed to stand The 23-year-old attacker has emerged as one of the stars of the World Cup, scoring three times in four appearances and enhancing his burgeoning reputation.      (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Although he failed to score, Gakpo produced another good performance as Louis van Gaal’s emerging side advanced to the World Cup quarter finals after a 3-1 win over USA. ...
Van Dijk responds to Lisandro Martinez criticism & names toughest ever opponent

Van Dijk responds to Lisandro Martinez criticism & names toughest ever opponent

Premier League
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has rubbished criticism of new Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez and believes he has shown what a good player he is despite his lack of height. The Argentine star moved to Old Trafford from Ajax over the summer in a £57m deal but got off to the worst possible start, losing back-to-back games against Brighton and Brentford. Ibrahimovic blasts Mbappe as shocking PSG contract details leaked Gary Neville predicts where Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal will finish Kroos reveals true feelings on Casemiro’s Man Utd transfer after “only money” rant In both games, Martinez – who is 5ft 9in – was criticised for struggling to deal with the height & power of Danny Welbeck and Ivan Toney, with some pundits suggesting the player’s statur...
What Van Dijk did before Jarrod Bowen’s missed penalty for West Ham vs Liverpool

What Van Dijk did before Jarrod Bowen’s missed penalty for West Ham vs Liverpool

Premier League
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk may have handed Alisson Becker an advantage when Jarrod Bowen stepped up to take his spotkick for West Ham. With the score at 1-0 to the Reds, the Hammers were awarded a penalty before half time after Joe Gomez brought down Bowen inside the area, leading VAR to intervene.      (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Before the ball was put on the spot, Van Dijk scuffed the penalty spot up in front of the Kop to try and interfere with Bowen's penalty as Alisson dived to his right to keep Liverpool in the lead. Referee Stuart Atwell saw Van Dijk standing on the penalty spot and proceeding to check any damage that may have been done, but nothing was found and Bowen missed the spot kick. Steve McManaman said on Amazon Prime Video...
Van Dijk denies Sadio Mane exit is behind Liverpool slump this season

Van Dijk denies Sadio Mane exit is behind Liverpool slump this season

Premier League
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has rejected the claim that Sadio Mane’s summer departure from the club has contributed to the team's poor start to the new campaign. The Reds languish in 11th in the league standings having won just two out of their opening eight matches of the campaign. That form has led to Jurgen Klopp ruling his team out of the race for the Premier League crown. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Many have been attempting to find a reason behind the Reds’ current malaise with some suggesting that Mane’s summer departure for Bayern Munich has been a major contributing factor considering the stuttering form of Liverpool’s attack. Having had that suggestion put to him, Van Dijk did not agree and said that the Reds will be back to thei...
Van Dijk tells Liverpool teammates how to stop Haaland ahead of Sunday clash

Van Dijk tells Liverpool teammates how to stop Haaland ahead of Sunday clash

Premier League
Virgil van Dijk has revealed how Liverpool can stop the supply to Erling Haaland during their Premier League game with Manchester City on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will head into the game at Anfield full of confidence after their 7-1 win over Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); But Liverpool will face their toughest test yet in the Premier League this weekend as Haaland and Man City travel to Anfield. Haaland leads the way in the Premier League this campaign with 15 goals and Van Dijk believes it will require a team effort to stop the Norwegian star from adding to that tally. When asked about the prospect of facing Haaland, Van Dijk told TV2: ‘Definitely not easy – he’s been on fire, you can’t say anythi...
Carragher compares Saliba to Van Dijk despite Arsenal “misjudgement”

Carragher compares Saliba to Van Dijk despite Arsenal “misjudgement”

Premier League
Jamie Carragher has paid William Saliba the huge compliment by comparing him to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. The France international has had a transformative effect on Mikel Arteta’s team since being given the chance at the club since signing for Arsenal three years ago. atOptions = { 'key' : '677bec88d5359434973f045e310a9066', 'format' : 'iframe', 'height' : 250, 'width' : 300, 'params' : {} }; document.write(''); Saliba has been forced to bide his time since his £27m transfer from Saint-Etienne but has cemented his place in Arsenal’s defence this campaign after returning from a loan spell at Marseille. Carragher believes the centre-half has had a huge impact in raising the level of those around him in a way which is similar to the impact Van Dijk had on his...
Van Dijk names two Chelsea players among the best defenders in the world

Van Dijk names two Chelsea players among the best defenders in the world

Premier League
Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk has named Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva as among the best defenders in world football. Van Dijk, who is back in the Liverpool starting lineup this campaign after 10 months out with a knee injury, has rediscovered the form that saw him recognised as the best defender in England. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Discussing the best defenders in the game, the Netherlands star singled out some of European football’s veteran defenders, which included 37-year-old Silva. Carragher & Keane name the ‘team to beat’ in the Premier League Owen Hargreaves says Ferguson would drop Fred for a month after Everton draw Thomas Tuchel hits back at Conte’s comments about Lukaku failings Van Dijk also praised Manchester City ...
Virgil van Dijk issues injury update after knock in Netherland win over Turkey

Virgil van Dijk issues injury update after knock in Netherland win over Turkey

Premier League
Virgil van Dijk has looked to calm any injury fears after he went down following a challenge late in Netherlands' 6-1 win over Turkey. The defender was sent into the air after a clash with Halil Dervisoglu after an under-hit pass from Dutch goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, which led to the late consolation for Turkey. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Van Dijk was down on the ground for a while as Netherlands easily won the World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam. Darren Bent reveals why Lukaku will score more than Cristiano Ronaldo this season Pogba sends warning to Man Utd team-mates over Cristiano Ronaldo Van Gaal hits back at criticism over Chelsea’s style under Thomas Tuchel Van Dijk told reporters: "I’m fine, luckily. I’m already over it. Maybe because I...
Ian Wright says Chelsea star Trevoh Chalobah reminds him of Van Dijk

Ian Wright says Chelsea star Trevoh Chalobah reminds him of Van Dijk

Premier League
Former Arsenal player Ian Wright says Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah reminds him of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. Chalobah, who has been sent out on loan for the past three years, impressed during his Premier League debut as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace on Saturday. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The 22-year-old defender capped off an excellent display by scoring his first goal for the London club, a piledriver from range, before dropping to his knees. And Wright believes the Chelsea star has everything it takes to reach the very top. He said on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast:  ‘Watching him against Arsenal [in pre-season] I was thinking, ‘wow, maybe it’s just a pre-season friendly he looks good’. I watched him against Villarreal [in the Supe...
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