Virgil van Dijk has taken a swipe at Liverpool’s critics after a vital Champions League win over Ajax Amsterdam lifted spirits at Anfield.
Captaining Juergen Klopp’s team on Tuesday night, van Dijk saw his fellow centre-back Joel Matip head home from a corner in the 89th minute to earn three priceless points for last season’s runners-up.
Mohamed Salah had earlier broken his seven-game barren streak in the competition by firing the Reds ahead, before a fine goal from Mohammed Kudus brought the Dutch club level.
The atmosphere inside the stadium was electric as Matip’s goal was awarded, after Dusan Tadic’s attempted clearance came from behind the line.
It meant Liverpool cast aside the misery of last week’s 4-1 defeat to Napoli, and van Dijk said it should serve to remind players-turned-pundits of the team’s great strengths.
“Coming back from the horror show in Naples, it was very important…