Tuesday, April 18, 2023
HomeTrendingVirgil van Dijk hits back at criticism of Liverpool's defending in Real...

Virgil van Dijk hits back at criticism of Liverpool’s defending in Real Madrid thrashing | Football

Virgil van Dijk was heavily criticised for his role in Liverpool’s Champions League defeat against Real Madrid (Picture: CBS Sport)

Virgil van Dijk has hit back at the scathing criticism of his and Liverpool’s defending during last night’s shock 5-2 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looked to be on course to avenge defeat in last season’s final when they raced into a two goal lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, with Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah both on target.

Real, however, responded like the champions they are with a devastating display of attacking football and clinical finishing to render the second leg almost irrelevant.

While the likes of Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema rightly took the plaudits, Real’s rampant forwards benefited from the sort of charitable defending that has become a hallmark of a Liverpool campaign that is likely to be reduced to competing for a top four place in the Premier League.

Jamie Carragher was particularly scathing in his assessment of Liverpool’s defending and singled out Van Dijk for criticism, but the Dutchman insisted mistakes were inevitable, while claiming he and his fellow teammates should not be treated as robots.

He said: ‘Losing is never good and the way we lost today to almost not giving ourselves a chance in Madrid is tough.

‘We played against Real Madrid, holders of the Champions League, quality players all over the team they can punish you and mistakes you make.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5

‘Mistakes happen we are not robots and unfortunately it is the case. The only thing we can do is learn from it and focus on the next one to make sure it doesn’t happen.

‘Don’t panic, obviously don’t be happy we lost, that’s how it should be but we have to recover now and focus on Crystal Palace.

‘You play football also with your head but obviously it’s a football thing, you make mistakes and they punish you and that’s the case.

‘Obviously they have the quality, they are one of the biggest clubs in the world and they punish you, that’s what they did to us today.

‘We have almost an impossible job in Madrid in three weeks time but when the time is right we’ll focus and we will give everything and represent the club as best as we can.

‘Until then we will try to keep improving and focus on Crystal Palace of course.’

MORE : Stephen Gerrard demands Liverpool inquest after crushing Real Madrid defeat

MORE : Jurgen Klopp snaps at Spanish journalist and claims Liverpool gave best display of the season

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
FacebookTwitter and Instagram

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Recent Comments