Virgil van Dijk had a less than welcome intruder while giving an interview after the Netherlands’ 1-1 draw with Norway on Wednesday night, but he dealt with it superbly
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was forced to push away an intruder as he was giving a post-match interview after playing for the Netherlands.
Van Dijk and the Dutch got their international break underway with a 1-1 draw in Norway on Wednesday night.
Erling Haaland scored the opening goal on the 20 minute mark, but Davy Klaasen grabbed an equaliser 15 minutes later.
As captain of the Dutch national team, Van Dijk was fulfilling his media duties after the match.
But he was interrupted by an intruder, presumably a fan, who tried to give him a hug as he was speaking.
As always, Van Dijk kept his cool, swaying out of the way before firmly pushing the supporter away and straight away carrying on with the interview.
During the draw with Norway, Van Dijk suffered a dislocated finger and had to have it pushed back into place on the sidelines.
He went on to finish the full 90 minutes at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, and regardless of the minor injury is expected to play against Montenegro and Turkey over the next seven days.
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A lengthy injury kept the defender out for over nine months last season and those at Anfield are desperate for him to stay fit.
Van Dijk, who has helped the Reds keep two clean sheets in their opening two Premier League games, has opened up on his recent journey back from injury.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Very good. I am proud, a lot of hard work so far has been put in to get where I am and obviously I’ve had a lot of help from my wife and my kids.
“Obviously the thing is I have played and the first one was very emotional and very tough for many reasons.
“You visualise the game so many times in your head before you actually play so as I said to the club I was not tired because of the game – I was tired because of everything around it.
“And it was sort of like a hurdle. I had to get over that I felt like then it will come again. So that is what happened in my point of view.
“I kept training well and felt confident in my knee. What is very important is that I kept my fitness up and we kept a clean sheet.”