Virgil van Dijk has claimed the Liverpool squad are taking no notice of what is being said about them in the surface world – taking aim at the best way pundits reacted to last week’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Napoli in Italy. The Reds issued the proper response at Anfield by digging deep to beat Ajax late within the day courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip to get their Champions League campaign back on the right track.
Much has been made from Liverpool’s difficult begin to the 2022/23 campaign and Van Dijk himself has needed to deal together with his justifiable share of criticism following a string of below-par performances.
The Dutchman will likely be the primary to confess he is not been at his best this term however the centre-back seemingly believes a few of the criticism towards his team-mates has been farfetched and disrespectful.
He told BT Sport’s Des Kelly, when asked on how Liverpool’s players have coped with the recent head: “Not listening to the surface world, that is a very powerful thing.
“It’s funny sometimes because a variety of ex-football players know exactly what we’re going through.
“They are saying a variety of things to attempt to get to us. We all know last week was unacceptable and we attempt to make it right.
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“This can be a step in the appropriate direction, do not get carried away because there are such a lot of games but it surely’s time to concentrate on the international break then crack on after we return.”
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, who has at all times been stuffed with huge praise for the Dutchman, issued a swift and honest response when asked whether he believed Van Dijk’s comments were fair – although it isn’t clear who they were directed at…
The previous Manchester United defender told Jake Humphrey: “If I assumed it was improper or it was personal, then I’d get the hump.
“But when it was deserved then I’d hold my hands up. Listen the Naples performance, I believe every player will hold their hands up and say ‘look it was a nasty day on the office’.
“We reiterated on the night that no one was saying they seem to be a bad team. It was a nasty performance.”
Van Dijk could have gotten himself on the scoresheet on a variety of occasions however the ball would simply not go in for the Reds when he headed several crosses and corners at goal.
Inspired defensive partner Matip finally got here up with the products though when he nearly powered the ball over the road.
Liverpool’s captain for the night continued: “We tried [to win convincingly] but they scored with their first probability but getting back from the horror show in Naples.
“It was really necessary to point out a response and it’s demanding to show it around.
“It is a step in the appropriate direction for my part. Through the game we had great moments.
“It was very necessary to win today heading into the international break.
“I should of scored, we were dangerous from every set piece including corners but it surely was our job to convert one which Joel Matip did.”