Virgil van Dijk played along for ninety minutes in the FA Cup final, but had to drop out with a minor injury before the extension. From the sidelines, the centre-back watched Kostas Tsimikas fire into the winning penalty for Liverpool. The English media are pleased about Van Dijks performance.
Not for the first time this season, Romelu Lukaku was Van Dijks direct opponent. He played a very strong first half and had Lukaku in the tang, writes The Evening Standard, which the Dutchman rates with a 7. His positioning was perfect more than once, whether it was about keeping the axis closed or eliminating a cross.
Van Dijk also receives a 7 as a report grade from Sky Sports. “He had little trouble with Romelu Lukaku,” it sounds. “He was forced to go aside due to an injury. Liverpool will hope its not so bad.”
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NBC Sports also sticks to a 7 and saw how Van Dijk was replaced by Joël Matip after ninety minutes. “At the time he was still playing, he only had to position himself well to take out the mediocre Lukaku.” The Sun has a judgement of the same vein, but points even more to the weak game of the Belgian.
“It was a frustrating day for the rush hour, who received little supply. He had only one chance, but at that time Van Dijk put a good pressure on him, says the boulevard newspaper, which received acclaim from fansite This is Anfield. “He was cool and typical of himself and gave disciplined leadership to the Liverpool defense during official playing time.”