Virgil van Dijk has leaped in defense of his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and lashed out at those who continue to underestimate him.
The Anfield talisman pulled off a glittering hat-trick in the exciting opening day’s encounter with Leeds, bringing him closer and closer to racking up 100 goals for the club, in a stubborn display that can silence his skeptics.
Salah was banned entirely from the list of seven finalists for last season’s Player of the Year nominations, and an enraged Van Dijk hit back at the media for spreading “negative” opinions about him.
Virgil van Dijk hits those who underestimate his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah
Salah managed a hat-trick as Liverpool overtook newly promoted Leeds in an Anfield classic
Newly promoted Leeds have proven to be a tough opponent at Anfield, although the efforts of Van Dijk and Salah proved enough to get the hosts off to a winning start in their title defense.
Asked by beIN Sports whether Salah’s heroism helped ban his one-season label, Van Dijk said: “It’s the media, it’s you who doubt him.
“Obviously we like him and him, and that’s the most important thing for him too.
Angry Van Dijk has reserved special criticism for media that broadcast ‘negative’ views on Salah
“We don’t see the negative part of what the media are saying.
Salah claims two top Golden Boots to his name and has scored 97 goals in 154 appearances in all competitions since joining Liverpool in 2017.
Van Dijk’s bullish comments after the game also saw him downplay his mistake which resulted in Leeds’ second goal.
Van Dijk was also on target with a crashing header but made a mistake for Leeds second goal
The imposing Dutchman failed to control a ball at the top, allowing Patrick Bamford to fly, push past Allison and find the far corner.
He added, “He’s one of those, I think. This is a situation that can happen.
“I’m trying to do my best and that’s what I did. Unfortunately, a goal came out of it, but I don’t worry about it.