Liverpool icon tells Keane to 'get a life' after Van Dijk claim

Liverpool icon tells Roy Keane to ‘get a life’ after the ex-Man United captain labelled Virgil van Dijk as ‘arrogant’

  • Van Dijk provoked a response from Keane following Sunday’s goalless draw
  • A Liverpool legend has hit back at the Sky pundit who called Van Dijk ‘arrogant’ 
  • Roy Keane is right! Virgil van Dijk is disrespectful. We all thought Man United would get pasted so Erik ten Hag was RIGHT to set up like that – It’s All Kicking Off

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has slammed Roy Keane, telling him to ‘get a life’ after the Sky Sports pundit labelled Virgil van Dijk as arrogant.

Van Dijk provoked a response from Keane after insisting Jurgen Klopp’s side were the only team who played to win during their goalless draw on Sunday.

Manchester United legend Keane said the comments were arrogant and disrespectful, adding: ‘He needs a reminder himself; he’s playing for a club that have won the title once in 30-odd years.’

Thompson, who won 23 trophies at Liverpool between 1971 and 1984, has fired back at Keane – appearing to highlight an irony in the Sky Sports pundit calling Van Dijk arrogant.

He told talkSPORT: ‘I don’t think he (Van Dijk) was arrogant he was just giving his opinion. As Roy gives his opinion, as Gary (Neville) gives his opinion.

Virgil van Dijk was accused of being ‘arrogant’ by Roy Keane after Liverpool’s goalless draw with Man United

Keane (right) slammed the Liverpool captain for his comments after the game on Sunday

Former Liverpool player Phil Thompson has told Keane to ‘get a life’ in response

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‘It wasn’t arrogant by any means. I would say it was more frustration. 

‘I really feel as though, you’ve come off that game, you know you’ve dominated, Manchester United have had that one chance with [Rasmus] Hojlund, and you’ve just felt frustration. Arrogance wasn’t in it.’

He added: ‘And for Roy Keane to be talking about arrogance in people… come on, do me a favour.

“And I love Roy but I played that back and he just kept repeating the word. Roy, just get a life.’

Van Dijk also responded to Keane’s comments on Sunday, insisting there was honesty but no arrogance – after Liverpool had 34 shots but failed to score for the first time since April. 

‘I like Roy Keane , if he said that then it’s fine,’ he said. ‘He is Man United throughout and I understand he could react like that but I felt what I said and there is absolutely no arrogance (behind) that.

‘Everyone who watched the game probably felt the same. We move on. We had the opportunity and we couldn’t score and that’s the frustrating part.’

Mail Sport columnist and Thompson’s ex-Liverpool team-mate Souness has also had his say. Speaking on talkSPORT’s White and Jordan show, he said the 32-year-old Dutchman needs to ‘get used to it!’

‘He could have been a bit more magnanimous in his choice of words, but he was right, wasn’t he?’ Souness added.

‘There was only one team trying to win it. There was only one team who set out their stall before a ball was kicked, in minute one, they tried to win the game.

Keane said Van Dijk needs to remind himself that Liverpool have won one title in just over 30 years

Graeme Souness also empathised with the Liverpool defender (pictured) over his frustrations


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‘Man United were in survival mode by the way they set out to play, and don’t take my word for it, stats tell you that!

‘Where I’d be critical of Van Dijk is, get used to it! This isn’t a new thing for big teams, it would have been the same for Man United when they were the dominant force.’

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