MX23RW : Sunday, January 26 18:34:39| >> :600:3877249:3877249:

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk criticises decision to award Napoli goal

Virgil van Dijk hits out at Napoli goal
© Reuters
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk criticises the decision to award Napoli their opening goal during the 1-1 draw in the Champions League at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has criticised the performance of the referee after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli on Wednesday night.

While the English giants rallied to earn a share of the spoils in the Champions League fixture on Merseyside, Napoli's opener came in controversial circumstances.

Before running through on goal to fire past Alisson Becker, Dries Mertens appeared to deliberately barge into Van Dijk, only for Carlos del Cerro Grande and VAR to insist that no foul had taken place.

After the match, Van Dijk, who had been left requiring several minutes of treatment, acknowledged that he had been left angry with with decision.

The Dutchman told beIN SPORTS: "Yeah I'm not going down for no reason. I won the ball and don't think he wanted to challenge for the ball.

"He touched me, I think it is a foul. The referee, I think, didn't have his best day today. That's what it is."

Liverpool must now avoid defeat against Red Bull Salzburg to guarantee a place in the last 16 of the competition.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Virgil van Dijk

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pictured on November 27, 2019
Read Next:
Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool never make it easy'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
FA Cup
La Liga
Scottish Premiership
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Australian Open Fourth Round
12am
Mertens
Halep
2am
Monfils
Thiem
2am
Kontaveit
Swiatek
4am
Medvedev
Wawrinka
4.30am
Muguruza
Bertens
6.30am
Kerber
Pavlyuchenkova
8am
Rublev
Zverev
8am
Nadal
Kyrgios
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Serie B
Segunda Division
Eerste Divisie
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Gallagher Premiership
NFL Playoffs
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23221054153967
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2481063532334
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!