Honest Virgil van Dijk shows his Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp how to lose with a bit of class as star credits West Ham United following Reds defeat.
West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool into third place in the Premier League with a memorable and thrilling 3-2 win over Klopp’s side at the London Stadium.
The Hammers took an early lead through Angelo Ogbonna but the Reds levelled just before half-time when Trent Alexander-Arnold curled home a free-kick.
West Ham raced into a 3-1 lead in the second half with goals from Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma.
Liverpool substitute and reported West Ham summer transfer target Divock Origi then snatched one back in the last 10 minutes to set up a tense finale.
But the highly organised David Moyes West Ham machine held on to take all three points and inflict Liverpool’s first defeat of the season.
After the game Klopp embarrassed himself by moaning about decisions and claiming there was ‘only one side playing’ (Sky Sports).
Moaning that Aaron Cresswell should have been sent off while failing to acknowledge his own player Diogo Jota got away with a sickening elbow on Ogbonna.
Moaning that West Ham’s first goal should have been ruled out for a foul. But failing to mention the fact Mohamed Salah benefitted from referee Craig Pawson failing to apply new Premier League rules over soft free-kicks for Liverpool’s equaliser.
Honest Virgil van Dijk shows his Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp how to lose with class as star credits West Ham
Proper football men win and lose with a certain level of class.
And Klopp could learn a lot from his Rolls Royce of a defender Virgil van Dijk after he delivered a refreshingly honest assessment of the match and gave credit to West Ham.
“It’s a proper knock,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.
“We have to pick ourselves up and make sure we are ready after the international break.
“It was an intense game, I think first half there was nothing really wrong. We played OK, I think in moments played well.
“We tried to find the spaces in between their lines and obviously they defended well.
“We had to be patient and scored the deserved equaliser, in my opinion, then second half we were a bit too rash maybe.
“We wanted maybe to score the 2-1 a bit too much.
“Obviously they gambled on the counter-attacks with leaving players up, that’s obviously a strength of theirs and then it was quite an open game.”
Fair play to van Dijk.
The big Dutchman is clearly a proper football man and certainly one of – if not the – world’s best defenders.