Virgil van Dijk doesn’t take sh*t from anybody!
And we love it.
The Dutchman has told our former centre-back turned ultra-opinionated Sky pundit Jamie Carragher to come see him with his clothes off, following the accusation that van Dijk is carrying some extra timber!
Carra made the comments before Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Spurs, in which the £75m defender was outstanding bar the penalty incident in the final seconds.
“He (Carragher) needs to come into the dressing room and he can see if I need to lose some weight because I don’t think I need to lose some weight!” Van Dijk told the Express.
“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really and I didn’t play at Premier League level.
“It is not easy to come back, especially when I have made such a big step as now with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail.
“I am just focusing on the team and myself. Other people will talk and have their opinions. There is nothing I can do about that. I will just try and enjoy my game and enjoy being here and that is what I am definitely doing.
“It is a strength of mine to not really bother too much when people have their opinions, especially negative opinions.
“I know when I am doing it well and exactly when I am doing it wrong. That is what I am working on and obviously no-one will talk about my performance (against Spurs) in general.
“We defended very well, had two penalties against us with a lot of question marks around them. I know that as a team and the players around me we did very well against one of the best strikers in Europe.”
Van Dijk’s overall performance against Harry Kane excited us greatly. In the first-half especially, his reading of the game was phenomenal, and he also showed an ability to step out of defence and start counter attacks with a quick pass forward – sometimes with cushioned headers.
Dejan Lovren seems a more natural fit alongside him than Joel Matip, and this is the pair we’d like to see take the field on Sunday against Southampton.
They’re going to get a torrid reception from the home faithful, but we’ve no doubt they can handle it.