Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has criticised the way the Paris Saint Germain players conducted themselves during Wednesday’s game.
The sports betting online predicted a PSG victory, which proved to be correct as the French champions went away 2-1 winners from the Champions League group stage clash thanks to two first-half goals before James Milner’s penalty kick gave the Reds hope.
But they didn’t win many fans with their constant hounding of the referee and feigning of injury after the slightest of contact – and the Holland international skipper wasn’t impressed.
“Sometimes they get hit and they will go down and sometimes I think it’s too easy and I’m getting so frustrated.” he said.
“It’s important to keep your head cool, but every time we made a foul they all came to the ref trying to get us a yellow card.
“We should do the same at times today, and I think in the second half we did it better. But that’s just not the type of game I like.
“We still respect how they are as players, because they’re world-class players, but it’s not really necessary at times.
“Other than that, they scored two goals, we lost and that’s it.
“I hate losing, like everyone else. When you’re 2-0 down after thirty minutes, then you know it’s going to be tough.
“I’m very disappointed from tonight but we know that there’s only one chance left and we all want to take.” he added.
Liverpool now must beat Italian side Napoli by one of several scorelines in order to seal progress into the last sixteen of the competition they almost won last season.
And former Southampton man Van Dijk has promised the supporters that the team will be going all out to get the victory required at Anfield in a fortnight.
“We’re going to do everything that’s possible.” he continued.
“We need everyone’s help, we need all the fans, we need everyone that comes to support us that night to make it a special evening for all of us.
“We know it’s going to be tough. Napoli is a fantastic team with great players, they have a great manager, but we need to keep believing in ourselves.
“We already do, I think, but at times today it wasn’t good enough and we need to be ready for that test.
“Now we need to look forward and the only option for us to qualify is to win against Napoli, no matter what.” he finished.