‘That’s you guys who doubt him’: Virgil van Dijk blasts back at ‘the media’ for ‘negative’ views on Mohamed Salah after he fired opening day hat-trick to give Liverpool thrilling win over Leeds

  • Virgil van Dijk has hit out at those who underrate Liverpool superstar Mo Salah 
  • Salah had netted a sensational hat-trick as Liverpool downed Leeds on Saturday 
  • Van Dijk believes Salah’s stellar display once again proved his doubters wrong 
  • Salah was left out of the seven-man shortlist for last season’s Player of the Year 

Virgil van Dijk has leapt to the defence of Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and lashed out at those who continue to underrate him.

The Anfield talisman netted a scintillating hat-trick in the thrilling opening day encounter with Leeds, moving him ever closer to racking up 100 goals for the club, in a stubborn display which may silence his doubters.

Salah was left entirely out of the seven-man shortlist for last season’s Player of the Year nominations, and a furious Van Dijk has fired back at the media for spreading ‘negative’ views about him.

Virgil van Dijk has hit out at those who underrate his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah

Virgil van Dijk has hit out at those who underrate his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah

Salah netted a hat-trick as Liverpool edged past newly-promoted Leeds in an Anfield classic

Salah netted a hat-trick as Liverpool edged past newly-promoted Leeds in an Anfield classic

Newly-promoted Leeds proved a difficult opponent at Anfield, although both Van Dijk and Salah’s efforts proved just enough to get the hosts off to a winning start to their title defence.

When questioned by beIN Sports over whether Salah’s heroics had gone some way to banishing his one-season wonder tag, Van Dijk said: ‘That’s the media, that’s you guys who doubt him.

‘Obviously, we appreciate it and him, and that’s the most important thing for him as well.

A furious Van Dijk reserved special criticism for media who spread 'negative' views on Salah

A furious Van Dijk reserved special criticism for media who spread ‘negative’ views on Salah

‘We don’t see the negative part of what the media says.’ 

Salah boasts two top-flight Golden Boots to his name, and has netted 97 goals in 154 appearances across all competitions since moving to Liverpool in 2017.  

Van Dijk’s bullish post-match comments also saw him play down his mistake which resulted in Leeds’ second goal. 

Van Dijk was also on target with a crashing header but made an error for Leeds' second goal

Van Dijk was also on target with a crashing header but made an error for Leeds’ second goal

The towering Dutchman failed to control a lofted ball over the top, allowing Patrick Bamford to steal in, poke beyond Allison and find the far corner.  

He added: ‘It’s one of those, I think. It’s a situation that can happen. 

‘I try to do my best and that’s what I did. Unfortunately, a goal came out of it, but I don’t worry about that.’



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