Liverpool fans stuck up for Virgil van Dijk after argument with Jordan Henderson v Napoli


Liverpool are through to the Champions League knockout rounds thanks to a 1-0 victory over Napoli on a nervy night at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s men, who reached last season’s final, avoided a group-stage exit thanks to Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal.

The Egyptian forward produced a composed finish through the legs of David Ospina to ensure the Reds will be in the hat for the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition.

However, some football fans felt that Liverpool were fortunate to go into half-time with 10 men.

Virgil van Dijk won the ball but also caught the leg of Dries Mertens, who was fortunate to avoid serious injury.

Referee Damir Skomina only showed the formidable Dutch defender a yellow card, much to the relief of the Anfield faithful.

Watch the tackle here...

While Mertens was receiving treatment, cameras caught Van Dijk receiving a dressing down - presumably for his dangerous tackle - from the team’s captain, Jordan Henderson.

Watch the footage here…

However, Liverpool fans on social media were largely on Van Dijk’s side.

They feel that Henderson - who isn’t the most popular player among Liverpool fans - was out of line for having a go at Van Dijk.

In fairness, Van Dijk can look after himself and he gave some back to Henderson.

Some fans reckon some beef currently exists between the two players.


Although Henderson is the club captain, many supporters believe Van Dijk would be a better skipper.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Reds in a £75 million deal from Southampton almost a year ago, is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs - if not *the* best centre-back - in world football right now.

Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

He’s been worth his weight in gold to Liverpool, whose defensive record with the former Saints star in their line-up has improved beyond recognition.

Liverpool fans: should Virgil van Dijk be the team’s captain - or should Jordan Henderson keep the armband?

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