Van Dijk Booed By Former Fans
Virgil van Dijk was booed by fans of his former team, Southampton, as Liverpool faced the Saints at their home stadium on Sunday.
The Dutch international moved to Anfield in January, and became the most expensive defender in the world, costing £75 million.
Van Dijk says that he enjoyed his return to St. Mary’s, despite being heavily booed throughout the match.
The 26-year-old even tried to enter his old dressing room, before remembering that he was now playing for the away team.
This pre-game blunder had no impact on him on the field as his new club comfortably beat his former side 2-0, with Mohamed Saleh and Roberto Firmino each scoring a goal for The Reds.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has praised Van Dijk’s performance, saying: “He did really well and dealt with the situation fantastically.”
Van Dijk said that he felt that his hostile reception was unfair, but that he “just focused on the game”.
He added that it’s hard for him to see his former club struggle.
He said: “I have a lot of good friends here, I care for the club. It is difficult to get out of the relegation zone but they have quality players.”