Memphis Depay sends elegant message to injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk after scoring for Lyon

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Memphis Depay paid tribute to his Dutch teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring for Lyon on Sunday.

The Liverpool defender will miss at least six months of action due to a serious knee injury suffered in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton.

Depay and Van DIjk are close friends who performed together for the Netherlands

Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge forced Van Dijk to leave in the 11th minute.

Depay, who has played alongside Van Dijk for the Netherlands since 2015, opened the scoring in Lyon’s 4-1 win over Monaco.

And the Manchester United flop headed for the nearest camera to reveal a message under his shirt.

He said: “Virgil, stay strong my brother.”

BT Sport

Depay sent his best wishes to Van Dijk

Endless tributes have been pouring in for Van Dijk since Liverpool confirmed he suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Arsenal legend Perry Groves told talkSPORT that Pickford deliberately intended to hurt Van Dijk.

He said: “I don’t agree with this [Carlo] Ancelotti said it was a legitimate attempt to play the ball. It was not.

“If you look at Virgil van Dijk, the players know if you had a legitimate attempt to play the ball or if you picked the player first.

“That’s why Van Dijk swept Pickford away, we saw that, he swept it up and said ‘no, get out of this’, because you know yourself.

“And if you go for the player, the consequences are that you will hurt the player.

“I think Pickford went for the player first, then the ball was on the periphery.

“He got his feet out first, he lost sight of the ball, he panicked and thought, ‘I’ll go look for the player first and if the ball is nearby that’s a bonus.’ “



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