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Van Dijk slammed as ‘lazy’ and ‘does not like fellow players’

Virgil van Dijk (Image: (MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images))

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has come under an astonishing verbal attack from former Netherlands international Wim Kieft.

Van Dijk’s imperious form saw him run Lionel Messi close to finish second in the last Ballon d’Or voting but he was at fault for one of Leeds United’s goals in Liverpool’s Premier League opener, failing to clear the ball over Patrick Bamford, in a manner Jamie Carragher claimed was “arrogant”.

The Daily Star quote Kieft as telling De Telegraaf of Van Dijk:

“He is not sharp, he behaves with the Oranje (Dutch national team) and Liverpool like the finished star, the great coaching leader, who shows a little too much that he does not like his fellow players.

“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 battle.

“It took Van Dijk a long 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. It’s OK if his trainers shake him up a lot.”

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