Koeman wants to see Van Dijk improvement

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 22: Head coach, Ronald Koeman and Captain, Virgil van Dijk speak to the media during the Netherlands Press Conference held at Amsterdam Arena also known as the Johan Cruyff Arena on March 22, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has said that he wants to see Virgil Van Dijk improve.


The Dutchman is currently away on international duty with his country, which he captains, and is looking to make amends for an error made in the 2-1 loss against France last month.

The twenty-seven year old was at fault as Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud bagged the winner for the World Cup winners and Koeman has not forgotten about it.

“I told Virgil within thirty seconds of the end of the game against France what I thought.” he said.

“I know him so well and that means I know where all his little faults are.

“Virgil has to improve. Not a lot. But sometimes he is a little too laid back. That needs to change.

“There are moments as a defender when you should be no more than three feet away from the striker you are marking.


“And, particularly in Van Dijk’s case, because of the strength and power he has he is too laid back.” he added.

The world’s most expensive defender was at fault on Sunday when he gave away a penalty for Liverpool against Manchester City when he mistimed a tackle on winger Leroy Sane.

And, despite the penalty being missed, Koeman went on to say that he has spoken to the centre-back about it this week after they got together for the upcoming fixtures this weekend.

“On Monday, when he arrived in our training camp in Zeist, he could see from the look on my face that I was thinking about the foul he made when Liverpool played Man City on Sunday.” he continued.

“The tackle cost his team a penalty and Virgil realised that he had made the wrong decision.

“It will not affect his chances with me. He is still my main man, but I want him to get better.” he finished.

Koeman appointed Van Dijk as the Holland skipper, managed him at Southampton and attempted to sign him for Everton – so he clearly rates the defender.


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