Virgil van Dijk told home truths by pundit after Liverpool quotes emerge
Paul Robinson has claimed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has to learn to “accept” criticism.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper said “you have to be thick skinned” to play at “the top level.”
Van Dijk has been widely criticised for his defending in the opening stages of the 2022-23 campaign.
As quoted by the Daily Mail (13 September), the centre-half hit out at ex-footballers for pointing the finger at Jurgen Klopp’s side so early on in the season.
The Netherlands international suggested pundits should know better as they “know exactly what we go through”.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to Van Dijk’s comments, Robinson said: “Van Dijk is probably not used to the criticism.
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“He will not like it. Nobody likes criticism but you have to have thick skin to play football at the top level.
“It is even worse these days with social media. But it is just people’s opinions.
“Pundits are paid to give their opinions as footballers are paid to play football.
“Criticism was one of the things I found hardest as a player. It is never nice to find out that somebody does not think well of you. It is not a nice thing to have.
“You have to accept as a player that you will be scrutinised. You have to be thick skinned.
“Pundits do not personally pick at people. They try to offer an objective analysis of player’s performances.
“It is difficult to shut off though, I understand that. It comes with the territory.”