Liverpool’s captain, Virgil van Dijk, has refuted Roy Keane’s claim that he was arrogant in his comments after the goalless draw against Manchester United.
Following the match at Anfield on Sunday, Van Dijk stated that “there was only one team trying to win the game.”
Former United midfielder Keane, working as a Sky Sports commentator, remarked that there was “arrogance coming out of him [Van Dijk], dissing United like that.”
“I like Roy Keane; if he said that, then it’s fine,” said Van Dijk.
“He is Manchester United through and through, and I understand he could react like that, but I felt what I said, and there is absolutely no arrogance in that.
“Everyone who watched the game probably felt the same. We move on. We had the opportunity, and we couldn’t score, and that’s the frustrating part.”
Liverpool had 69% possession and attempted 34 shots without managing to score against a United side that adopted a defensive approach.
It was Liverpool’s first home game without a win this season, resulting in them losing a point and dropping a position behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, who defeated Brighton, after 17 games.
“Maybe [we were] trying to force it a little bit at times, and we could have made a better decision, but it was hard to break the low block down,” added Dutch international Van Dijk.z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z
“You push, you push, you push, and try to do everything in your power, but it was one of those days we couldn’t find the right decision to score a goal.
“At times – I won’t say every time – we forced it too much to find a solution which wasn’t there, but that’s football.”