Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has grabbed the headlines within the English media this weekend, after calling out certainly one of The Mirror’s journalists over what he described as a ‘utterly false’ story.
Van Gaal backlash
The story in query got here to the fore on-line on Saturday night.
On the again of the Netherlands’ disappointing marketing campaign at Euro 2020, which finally price Frank de Boer his job, the nation’s soccer federation have begun their seek for a tactician to information the Oranje right into a affluent new period.
A complete host of names have been tipped for the publish, not least of all ex-Manchester United and Dutch boss Louis van Gaal.
Murmurs of LvG’s potential return, nonetheless, have been swiftly adopted by media experiences of a revolt amongst the nation’s squad.
The Mirror’s Simon Mullock was one to have run such a narrative, suggesting that captain van Dijk and former Liverpool teammate Gini Wijnaldum have been amongst a bunch of high-profile stars firmly towards the appointment.
This got here amid claims that the Netherlands’ gamers would as a substitute prefer to see Henk ten Cate, previously of Chelsea, handed the reins of his residence nation.
‘Disgrace on you’
Such hypothesis, nonetheless, was evidently a way broad of the mark.
And, as outlined above, one man who was not ready to permit rumours of his involvement within the aforementioned ‘revolt’ to move with out talking up is defensive stalwart and chief van Dijk.
Taking to social media on the again of The Mirror’s report surfacing on-line, Liverpool’s star stopper tagged the aforementioned Mullock, deploring his actions, earlier than urging all within the journalistic trade to ‘inform the reality and never simply make stuff up’:
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) July 17, 2021
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