Ferdinand responds to Van Dijk after the Liverpool star criticized the opinions of former players

Rio Ferdinand believes the criticism of Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool in recent weeks was deserved after the Reds defender attacked crucial former players.

Liverpool’s start to the new season has been very mixed with Jurgen Klopp’s men collecting just nine points from their first six matches in the Premier League, before losing their opening Champions League game to Napoli last week.

However, he recovered from that loss in Napoli on Tuesday with a late victory over Ajax to earn their first three points in a 2-1 win.

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Van Dijk and the rest of the Liverpool squad have been criticized so far this season after a number of disappointing defensive displays.

Speaking earlier this month, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy said Van Dijk had been “playing inside himself” this season.

“He’s not up to his level. Before his injury, he was arguably one of the best midfielders we’ve ever seen.” TalkSPORT. “The injury, which is a big injury and he’s come back from it, although he hasn’t had problems in the absence of matches, I think psychologically he’s not in the same place.

“What I mean by that is not wanting to get physically involved with players and tackles, even though he’s had the buttons on the weekend. He plays inside himself a little bit and protects himself a little bit without knowing it. I’ve played with players who have had injuries in the AFC Champions League from Before and when they come back you can see them doing it.

“We’re talking about someone who set ridiculously high standards and even when he’s falling back on them at the moment he’s still pretty cool compared to a lot of other halfs of the quarter.”

When asked how he deals with people who question his appearance, Van Dyck said bt sports: “Not listening to the outside world, that’s the most important thing.

“It’s funny sometimes because there are a lot of ex-footballers out there who know exactly what we’re going through, but they say a lot of things to try and take us down.

We know that last week was unacceptable and very bad and we tried to correct it. This is a step in the right direction, but we don’t get carried away because we play a lot of games. Now we have to focus on the national teams and then start.

“that they [Ajax] Register with their first chance. But after returning from the horror show in Naples, it was very important for us to show a positive reaction. It’s not easy to turn it around, but it’s a step in the right direction.

“There were some great moments and it was important to win today and to have that good feeling in the international break.”

But former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes all the baton the team got from the former players after their loss to Napoli last week was fully justified.

Ferdinand replied, “If I think it’s wrong or personal, I’ll get the hump. If it’s due, I’ll raise my hand and say.”

“Performing in Naples, if they are honest, every one of them will say ‘It was a bad day in the office and we deserved the criticism we received’.”

“But I think we just repeated that night, we weren’t saying they became a bad team overnight or they were bad players, it was a bad performance.”