Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has been slammed by his national team manager Ronald Koeman.
The former Southampton defender has been told by the Dutch manager to cut out the mistakes during the Oranje’s 2-1 defeat to France last month.
Former Everton boss Koeman is still angry about the mistake made by his captain which led to Olivier Giroud goal in their Nations League clash.
Koeman has revealed that he was also unhappy with the foul that Van Dijk committed last weekend during Liverpool’s goalless draw against Manchester City.
Van Dijk’s foul has led to a late missed penalty for Pep Guardiola’s side, and Koeman has insisted that the Holland international has to improve.
Koeman said: “I told Virgil within 30 seconds of the end of the game against France what I thought.”
“I know him so well – and that means I know where all his little faults are.”
“Virgil has to improve. Not a lot. But sometimes he is a little too laid back. That needs to change.”
“There are moments as a defender when you should be no more than three feet away from the striker you are marking.”
“And, particularly in Van Dijk’s case, because of the strength and power he has, he is too laid back.”
“On Monday, when he arrived in our training camp in Zeist, he could see from the look on my face that I was thinking about the foul he made when Liverpool played Man City on Sunday.”
“The tackle cost his team a penalty and Virgil realised that he had made the wrong decision.”
“It will not affect his chances with me. He is still my main man, but I want him to get better.”
Koeman’s side will take on Germany in the Nations League on Saturday before they play against Belgium.