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Van Dijk handed zero rating after his display in Liverpool’s win over Atletico

Virgil van Dijk has been hammered in the Spanish press for his performance in Liverpool’s 3-2 Champions League win against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was handed a zero rating for his Champions League performance against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening.

The brutal verdict was delivered by newspaper AS after the Dutchman, 30, and his defensive colleagues conceded an Antoine Griezmann brace in the 3-2 win.

As reported by Sport Witness, the Spanish outlet refused to give Van Dijk a mark for his display against the La Liga champions.

It’s believed AS rate players out of three rather than the customary ten, with Mohamed Salah and Yannick Carrasco getting the highest grade.

Just four of Liverpool’s starting XI were given a score of at least two – one less than Atletico’s team – despite claiming the win.



Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann scores after Virgil van Dijk’s error




In comparison, Van Dijk received a six out of ten from the Liverpool Echo, while The Independent gave him just a five.

BT Sport pundits and former Liverpool players Peter Crouch and Joe Cole also criticised the Reds defender for his efforts in trying to stop Atletico’s second goal.

Crouch said: “Van Dijk’s body position defensively [was wrong].

“It’s difficult to criticise Van Dijk but if he faces up there the touch doesn’t deceive him from Griezmann, but he goes back to goal, turns fall circle there and that completely kills him.”

Cole added: “He just got it wrong here. It’s difficult to criticise him as he’s been a Rolls Royce of a centre-half for years but there was a couple moments tonight where I think he was a little bit off it.

“I still think he’s the best centre-half in the league but he just had an off night.”









AS’ verdict is a setback for Van Dijk, who is continuing his recovery from a serious knee injury sustained 12 months ago.

Speaking about his comeback before the Atletico game, Van Dijk said: “I want to be as good as I can for the team I play for and the country I play for.

“Everyone knows how difficult it is to come back from a knee injury.”

Van Dijk was widely regarded as one of the best defenders on the planet before his injury, helping Liverpool win the Champions League and Premier League.

The 42-cap international also captains his country and became the most expensive defender in history when he completed a £75million move to Anfield in January 2018.

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Van Dijk added: “I’ve had a long pre-season and I feel like I am improving each game.

“We have working together for such a long time now and we are trying to get back to our best.”

Klopp has backed Van Dijk to make a full recovery, hailing him as the “best centre-half in the world” before the Atletico clash.


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