Rio Ferdinand slams Virgil van Dijk over his defending for Luis Suarez goal

Virgil van Dijk doesn’t have a great record at Camp Nou.

The centre-back was part of the Celtic side that was beaten 6-1 at Barcelona’s famous stadium in 2013.

And on his second trip to the 99,000-capacity ground, Van Dijk was on the receiving end of a 3-0 loss.

The Liverpool centre-back wasn’t at his best as Barcelona took a huge step towards the Champions League final on Wednesday evening.

Luis Suarez scored the opener and Lionel Messi added two goals late on to leave Liverpool with plenty of work to do.

There can be no doubting the impact Van Dijk has had since his arrival at Liverpool but he was brought back down to earth against the La Liga champions.

Indeed, his role in Barcelona’s first goal prompted criticism from former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.


Ferdinand heaped the blame on Van Dijk for Suarez’s goal, claiming his failure to react to the Uruguayan’s movement was ‘criminal’.

“Virgil van Dijk here, he is at fault,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“He can see Suarez there, he is pointing where he wants it. It’s not rocket science. It’s right in front of him.

“That’s your man, the number nine on the back of his shirt, static.

“Virgil van Dijk there, static. And that’s criminal in that position.

“He has got to be Matip’s eyes and ears. Move Matip to where you want to maybe stop the ball in the first instance but if not, you have to go with your man there.

“And he will be disappointed with that I am sure.”