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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk ‘has clearly been smarting’ over criticism, claims Craig Burley

Craig Burley claimed Virgil van Dijk has been ‘smarting’ over criticism after the defender hit out at pundits who proceed to criticize Liverpool gamers amid their rocky begin to the season.

Jurgen Klopp‘s aspect edged previous Ajax because of an 89th-minute Joel Matip header as they bought their first three factors of their Champions League group at Anfield on Tuesday night.  

Van Dijk, who together with all his team-mates was roundly blasted for his efficiency of their European opener – a 4-1 thrashing towards Napoli – instructed BT Sport that such pundits had been solely aiming to deliver down morale at Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk hit out at pundits who criticize Liverpool players amid their poor start to season

Virgil van Dijk hit out at pundits who criticize Liverpool gamers amid their poor begin to season

The Reds clinched their first points of the Champions League campaign thanks to Joel Matip

The Reds clinched their first factors of the Champions League marketing campaign because of Joel Matip

He stated: ‘Getting back from the horror present in Naples it was crucial to point out a constructive response. It isn’t straightforward to show it round, however it’s a step in the suitable course… It was crucial to win going into the worldwide break.

‘We aren’t listening to the skin world. A whole lot of ex-football gamers, who know precisely what we undergo, they are saying quite a bit to get us down, however we all know the final sport was very unhealthy and this was a step in the suitable course.’

Following the explosive interview, ESPN’s Craig Burley claimed it recommended the defender has been ‘smarting’ from the criticism and couldn’t deal with the detrimental response, regardless of being lauded up to now. 

Post-match the defender claimed pundits were only aiming to bring down morale at Liverpool

Put up-match the defender claimed pundits had been solely aiming to deliver down morale at Liverpool

‘Off the again of this thrashing in Naples, there was a number of criticism for Alexander-Arnold and the again 4, together with Van Dijk,’ Burley stated on ESPN FC. ‘He began carping on about ex-players and the way they’ve forgotten. 

‘It appears to me this is a man that has had sufficient reward to get him to the moon and again, and rightfully so as a result of for essentially the most half he is been good, however but on this interval when he himself has not been nice and he hasn’t marshalled the again 4 very properly, he appears to be smarting a little bit bit from the criticism.

‘I believed that was fairly an attention-grabbing interview, not that there was a number of phrases spoken however it was simply his response. 

‘I imply Des Kelly at BT did not even ask him concerning the criticism, there was not query about it, he simply introduced it up. So clearly it’s in his thoughts. 

ESPN's Craig Burley claimed it suggested the defender has been 'smarting' from the criticism

ESPN’s Craig Burley claimed it recommended the defender has been ‘smarting’ from the criticism

‘He additionally stated, “we don’t take notice of what is said outside of these walls”, properly clearly he does! 

‘It was simply attention-grabbing to me as a man who has principally had all of the platitudes on the earth and Liverpool have hit a rocky street of which he has been a part of, and clearly he is been smarting a little bit bit from that criticism, there isn’t any doubt about that.’

Nonetheless, Burley’s co-pundit Nicol claimed Van Dijk had a proper to be ‘prickly’ as the previous Liverpool right-back hoped the Dutchman’s response will assist him get again to his finest. 

Nicol stated: ‘If you’re taking part in, you do not perceive what goes on within the media and if anyone, whether or not it is within the newspaper or on the TV, criticizes you, you do not prefer it. After all you are prickly. 

Co-pundit Steve Nicol hoped the Dutchman's reaction will help him get back to his best level

Co-pundit Steve Nicol hoped the Dutchman’s response will assist him get again to his finest degree

‘Craig was proper with what he stated concerning the plaudits, however it’s tough within the chilly gentle of day once you’re taking part in to go, “well, I’ve had a lot of plaudits so I should be able to take the criticism.” 

‘That is simply not the way you’re wired. If someone criticizes you, you need to get them again and also you need to present them each single time. 

‘So I assume in some ways in which would possibly assist Virgil van Dijk. As a result of clearly it bought up his nostril. And you realize what, if that makes him return to being the Virgil van Dijk that we praised then that is superb by me.’

Klopp’s aspect, whose Napoli loss was their final sport after the weekend’s Premier League fixtures had been cancelled following the Queen’s dying, opened the scoring by way of Mohamed Salah, with Mohammed Kudus equalizing earlier than Matip’s late winner. 

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