James Milner makes van Dijk frustrations clear as Liverpool star slated after Man United opener

The visitors have endured a less than ideal start at Old Trafford...

The opening goal netted during Manchester United’s meeting with Liverpool on Monday night has since seen one member of the latter’s backline heavily targeted.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops, of course, are currently locked in action.

On the back of something of a shaky opening to the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s troops have made the trip to Old Trafford, hopeful of finally getting off the mark by means of a three-point haul.

Such efforts, however, at present, are not going at all according to plan.

Instead, late in the first-half in Manchester, it is the evening’s hosts - yet to put a single point on the board in the Premier League this season - who lead by a goal to nil.

This comes after some fine work down the left-hand side eventually culminated in Jadon Sancho turning inside the Liverpool penalty area, to pick out the bottom corner of Alisson’s net:

And the opening goal of the evening at the Theatre of Dreams, as alluded to above, has since seen one of those most responsible on the Liverpool side of things heavily targeted both on the pitch, and online.

The player in question? Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutchman has been widely accused of essentially allowing Sancho to slot into his side’s net, opting to put his hands behind his back rather than throw himself at the feet of United’s winger in an attempt to block the ball.

James Milner, floored by Sancho just moments before, is one who was not at all shy in taking aim at his gifted teammate:

And a similar scene has since spread across social media, amid suggestions that van Dijk, once viewed as one of world football’s best, may be losing his touch:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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