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Virgil van Dijk is dubbed ‘Van Disney’ by fans after poor display in Liverpool draw

Virgil van Dijk is dubbed ‘Van Disney’ by fans as they mercilessly mock him for his torrid display in Liverpool’s draw against Fulham after he endured a difficult afternoon against Aleksandar Mitrovic before bringing down the Serbian for a penalty

  • Liverpool’s stars got off to a slow start after a dire performance against Fulham
  • Van Dijk gave away a penalty as Liverpool scraped a draw at Craven Cottage
  • The Dutch captain struggled to deal with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • Mitrovic produced a masterclass to earn the Premier League new boys a point

Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson have been slammed on social media after poor performances that saw Liverpool slip up on the opening day of the Premier League season. 

The Dutch captain conceded a penalty as Fulham earned a draw with the Champions League finalists in their first fixture since returning to the Premier League.

The Championship winners enjoyed a fantastic start against Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Mitrovic rising above Trent Alexander-Arnold to put Fulham 1-0 up after 32 minutes.

The Serbian striker was a consistent threat throughout the first 45 minutes, with Marco Silva’s team going into the break with a shock lead.

Aleksandar Mitrovic rises above Trent Alexander-Arnold to score Fulham’s opener

Jurgen Klopp looks on as his team scraped a 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage

Jurgen Klopp looks on as his team scraped a 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage

Liverpool made a stronger start in the second half, but Mitrovic continued to be a thorn in the side of one of the Premier League’s strongest defences, powering his way past Henderson and dribbling past a bewildered Van Dijk in an extraordinary run.

Darwin Nunez grabbed his first competitive goal for the Reds to level the game on 64 minutes, but Fulham refused to lay down and Mitrovic again popped up among the action, winning a penalty after being brought down in the box by Van Dijk.

The former Newcastle United forward then doubled his tally by blasting his penalty past Allison to once again put Fulham in the lead at Craven Cottage.

Virgil van Dijk had a performance to forget in Liverpool's Premier League opener

Virgil van Dijk had a performance to forget in Liverpool’s Premier League opener

Aleksandar Mitrovic silenced critics with his exceptional performance in front of goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic silenced critics with his exceptional performance in front of goal

A goal from Mohamed Salah on 80 minutes would ultimately rescue a point for Liverpool, but the star of the day was undoubtedly Fulham’s No 9.

With a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most unflappable defensive stalwarts, Van Dijk’s shocking performance drew the ire of a number of fans on social media.

Twitter user @CFCMod_ wrote: ‘Mitrovic has had Van Disney on strings all game’

Another user added: ‘I’m not saying Van Dijk is bad but considering his (imo) generational talent the level he’s playing at rn is simply not good enough’

@ForteLuNineteen also remarked on Liverpool’s difficulty to contain the surging Mitrovic: ‘Van Dijk and Henderson had terrible games today. Mitrovic had Van Dijk by his collar all game.’

Another user remarked on Mitrovic’s previous struggles on international duty: ‘Virgil Van Dijk just got embarrassed by a striker who spent 120 minutes in Declan Gallagher’s back pocket not that long ago’

Jordan Henderson also struggled for Liverpool on the opening day of the season

Jordan Henderson also struggled for Liverpool on the opening day of the season

 

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