Football

Virgil van Dijk Makes Awful Return to Action Playing For Southampton’s U23s

Virgil van Dijk Makes Awful Return to Action Playing For Southampton’s U23s

Virgil van Dijk returned to action this evening after his extremely long layoff – but it could hardly have gone worse for the big Dutch centre-back.

The Southampton defender hasn’t played for the club’s first-team since a Premier League tie against Leicester City in January, after he sustained ligament damage to his foot.

Since then, of course, van Dijk has made it clear that he no longer wants to play for the Saints, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool said to be hovering during the summer transfer window.

Despite his wishes, van Dijk is still a Southampton player, and he’ll have to recover his fitness somehow, so he turned out for the club’s Under-23 side this evening.

With a supposedly world class defender playing against Championship side Aston Villa, you’d have thought Southampton would’ve cruised this contest, but it didn’t work out that way.

In fact, Villa ran out 4-0 winners and, according to the Telegraph, van Dijk was culpable for at least three of the four goals – and he struggled all night with two teenage strikers.

Now, it might simply be a bit of rust – but surely you’d expect a bit more, no?

Dodged a bullet, Liverpool fans?

Let us know in the comments section below…

More in Football

6 Best Youth Football Academies with Historical Roots That Have Managed to Pass the Test of Time

Jonny BoyleNovember 26, 2020

Jamie Young’s Journey To The Top

Jonny BoyleNovember 18, 2020

Why AC Milan Visit is a Significant Point in Celtic’s Season

Jonny BoyleOctober 22, 2020

Why Scotland Has a Chance of Best Representation in Europe For Years

Jonny BoyleSeptember 24, 2020

Are Chelsea Now Title Contenders With New Signings?

Jonny BoyleSeptember 10, 2020

Why We Should All Be Excited About Leeds United’s Premier League Return

Jonny BoyleSeptember 8, 2020

Serie A: Gian Piero Gasperini Has Turned Atalanta into One of the Most Entertaining Sides in Europe

Jonny BoyleAugust 19, 2020

Remembering the Underrated Genius of Diego Milito

Jonny BoyleAugust 17, 2020

Why Rangers Have to Take Advantage of Celtic Lay-Off

Jonny BoyleAugust 13, 2020