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Dutch greats Gullit, Van Basten slam Liverpool defender Van Dijk: If you're so good, SHOW IT

Dutch greats Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit has slammed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Holland captain struggled in coach Ronald Koeman's first game back in charge of the Oranje as France ran riot in their Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday.

Against Gibraltar, Van Dijk did better in a 3-0 win on Monday, but he still left Van Basten unimpressed.

"He makes noise, but he doesn't say anything," Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.

"He is not clear. A good captain thinks aloud, makes it clear what is going on. He stays in between. He creates chaos. That leads to misunderstandings. That is what you, as a captain, must prevent.

"In the dressing room he is good, football tactically and technically not. You need another gentleman on the field. This has nothing to do with that injury, this has to do with leadership. He makes noise, but he says nothing. That's true. This is in you. This is wanting to win at all costs."

His fellow pundit Gullit accused Van Dijk of arrogance and 'playing safe'.

"It's walking backwards," he said. "In England they have already criticised him. He was selected for the world team of the year. He thinks he's better than the rest.

"We see things… Then I think, 'you are captain, you have to solve this'. But he's just commenting a little on what's happening in front of him.

"I don't know if he's doing it, but it doesn't look like he's speaking. He plays so safe. Come on now, you're so big and good. It is a positive criticism that we give. Isn't he the best? Then show it."

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