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14th Sep 2022

Danny Murphy believes Virgil Van Dijk’s post match interview about pundits was ‘strange’

Lee Costello

“When he plays poorly and is not at it then we will call it like anyone should.”

Liverpool bounced back last night with a big win in the Champions League at home to Ajax.

Following their difficult start to the season and in particular, their poor performance against Napoli last weekend, the Reds have been under a lot of pressure from media and pundits alike.

However, last night’s win had everything that would appease the Anfield faithful, lots of intensity, effort, determination and ultimately the victory in the end.

Speaking after the game Virgil Van Dijk took the opportunity to hit back at ex-footballers who have been so critical of his sides recent dip in form.

“Not listening to the outside world is the most important thing,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s funny sometimes because there’s a lot of ex-football players and know exactly what we go through but they say a lot of things to try get us down.

“We know last week was unacceptable, very bad and we tried to make it right. This is a step in the right direction, don’t get carried away because we played so many games. Now we have to focus on the national teams or the break then crack on.”

However, former Liverpool player and talkSPORT pundit, Danny Murphy, doesn’t think that this since from the Dutch centre-back is right.

“It’s a strange one coming from him because for the majority of his time at Liverpool, everyone has spent minutes, if not hours, eulogising about what a wonderful player player he is and rightly so.

“He is a Rolls Royce of a defender and everyone knows his quality. The standards he has set himself, he has fallen below. It is honest, truthful punditry, nothing more than that.

“He’s been a revelation at Liverpool, but when he plays poorly and is not at it then we will call it like anyone should.

“When someone is having a dig, or is being critical, unless it gets personal, the last think you do is qualify it by talking about it.

“You might listen in the four walls of your own home. I remember years ago, one of my first times on Match of the Day and Alan Hansen did a piece, some of it was good and some of it wasn’t. I didn’t go out in the press and say anything about Alan Hansen, I just took it on.

“If it was deserved, I’ll hold my hands up and say. But listen, the performance in Naples, if they’re honest every single one of them will say ‘pfft, it was a bad day at the office and we deserved the criticism that we got’.

“But I think we reiterated on the night, we wasn’t saying they became a bad team over night or bad players, it was a bad performance.”

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