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An indignant Virgil van Dijk ordered Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch and the remainder of the BT Sport punditry team to maneuver backward after they disrupted the Liverpool defender’s pre-match warm-up drill with Joe Gomez ahead of kick-off against Nottingham Forest. The Dutchman was practising headers together with his centre-back partner however the space they were working in seemed to be limited by the positioning of the pundits, as they stood on the halfway line to preview the match.

Van Dijk soon made his presence known, waving his hands to organize them back because it was seemingly impacting his preparations for the competition.

A lot of the BT Sport team – which also included Lynsey Hipgrave and Karen Carney – had their backs to the motion, meaning they didn’t actually know they were causing a slight infringement.

Ferdinand had just said a temporary hello to Van Dijk but moments later he picked up on the central defender’s body language and told his colleagues to shift, sensing the £75million star’s frustration.

Van Dijk once more waved his arms to usher the BT Sport team backward and his facial features suggested he was not best pleased with the antics.

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Yet the previous Manchester United centre-back got here under fire a bit bit earlier within the season when Van Dijk appeared to take offence to strong criticism of Liverpool within the media following the 4-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli.

Van Dijk said after Liverpool responded with a victory over Ajax at Anfield: “We all know last week was unacceptable, very bad and we tried to make it right. This can be a step in the suitable direction, do not get carried away because we played so many games. Now now we have to concentrate on the national teams or the break then crack on.”

To which Ferdinand responded, after being quizzed on the matter by Jake Humphrey: “If I assumed it was mistaken or personal then I’d get the hump.

“If it was deserved, I’ll hold my hands up and say. But listen, the performance in Naples, in the event that they’re honest each considered one of them will say ‘pfft, it was a nasty day on the office and we deserved the criticism that we got’. But I believe we reiterated on the night, we weren’t saying they became a nasty team overnight or bad players, it was a nasty performance.”

Liverpool travel to Nottingham Forest on the back of two straight 1-0 victories at Anfield over Manchester City and West Ham.

Van Dijk has been a mainstay on the back for the Reds despite a disappointing begin to the campaign that saw his own performances questioned.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were without each Darwin Nunez and Thiago Alcantara for the visit to the City Ground in a double blow for the Reds.

The Uruguayan has a good hamstring – first felt within the midweek victory over West Ham through which he scored the winner – while Thiago missed out with an ear infection.

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