Fans think Virgil van Dijk is ‘beyond finished’ after disasterclass v Ireland

Football fans reckon Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is "beyond finished" after watching him in action against the Republic of Ireland.

The Netherlands and Van Dijk faced off against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday night at the Aviva Stadium, looking to keep up with Group B table toppers France who have won all five of their EURO 2024 qualifiers so far.

And they managed to come away from the Aviva with all three points, escaping with a narrow 2-1 win thanks to goals from Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo and former Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst.

However, the opening stages of the game saw the Netherlands rattled by the Republic of Ireland, who put the Dutch defence under plenty of pressure early doors.

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On four minutes, van Dijk gave away a penalty with a handball, with the spot kick being dispatched by striker Adam Idah to give Stephen Kenny's side the lead.

While the Netherlands did battle back to win the contest, van Dijk looked a shaky on occasion, with Idah's pace troubling him. Had Brighton forward Evan Ferguson been leading the line, it might have been even worse for the Dutch skipper, who praised the former during the week.

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The 32-year-old was also recently handed a extra-one game ban by the FA for acting in an improper manner to referee John Brooks after he was sent off back in August against Newcastle United for a challenge on Alexander Isak.

And it's safe to say some football fans on social media were left shaking their head in disbelief at van Dijk's performance against the Irish. One fan commented: "Van Dijk is beyond finished." A second added: "Van Dijk might as well be from Helsinki because he’s finished." A third said: "A complete disasterclass from Van Dijk."

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A fourth commented: "Van Dijk is really having an awful time of it at the moment. He's taking it very stoically but it must be affecting his confidence." And a fifth wrote: "He’s so washed Wtf."

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