‘He behaves like the finished star’: Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is labeled as ‘lazy and nonchalant’ by Holland legend Wim Kieft
- Virgil van Dijk is criticized by Euro 1988 winner Wim Kieft
- The Liverpool star made a glaring mistake in opening day victory over Leeds
- But he managed to keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge
Virgil van Dijk’s attitude has been criticized by Dutch legend Wim Kieft, who believes the Liverpool star has become ‘lazy and careless’.
The Holland center-back has seen a rapid rise since moving from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018, finishing second in last year’s Ballon d’Or rankings.
But he was labeled ‘arrogant’ by Jamie Carragher during their opening day win over Leeds earlier this month and Euro 1988 winner Kieft has urged the 29-year-old to stay grounded.
Virgil van Dijk gives instructions to his teammates during Sunday’s victory over Chelsea
The central defender of Liverpool and Holland has been criticized by Dutch legend Wim Kieft
“He is not sharp, he behaves at the Orange and Liverpool like the finished star, the great coaching leader, who shows too much that he does not like his fellow players,” he said. The Telegraph.
‘At the same time, he plays lazy and nonchalant himself. He makes mistakes and often runs away from defensive handiwork in matches. With his status, he should be at the forefront of the fight.
‘It took Van Dijk a lot of time to get to the top international level. He has been there for about two seasons now, but it is important that Van Dijk remains very critical of himself. His environment also plays an important role in this.
Van DIjk made a rare mistake in Liverpool’s opening win over Leeds this month
“It’s okay if his trainers shake him up a lot.”
Van Dijk helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet on Sunday in their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, but a week earlier he was punished for a loose touch on the edge of the penalty area that allowed Patrick Bamford to score in a tense match against Leeds.
Carragher, on co-commentary duties for Sky Sports, didn’t hesitate when he lashed out at the sky-high Dutchman, and Graeme Souness echoed his comments, saying, ‘Van Dijk has had an absolute stinker’.