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Netherlands boss van Gaal hits back at Liverpool defender van Dijk over tactics criticism

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has hit back at Virgil van Dijk after he criticised his tactics.

The Liverpool defender said he wasn't a fan of van Gaal's 3-4-1-2 formation after a friendly win over Denmark on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, van Dijk said: "Do I like the system? Well, I'm still in favour of 4-3-3 but I'm not the national coach and the national coach has a very strong opinion about it."

In response to van Dijk's comments, van Gaal said he wouldn't change his tactics.

He said: "I know he has that preference, he always said this publicly.

"We already had this debate when I came here. The manager decides the tactics."

Van Gaal's Holland are set to face Germany in a friendly on Tuesday.

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