Virgil van Dijk reacts to Roy Keane’s ‘arrogant’ attack after Anfield stalemate

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk has responded to Roy Keane's "arrogant" comment after the goalless draw with Manchester United.

The hosts dominated the game at Anfield but couldn't find a way past United with Van Dijk mentioning the visitors' mentality post match. It led Keane to criticise the defender for his mentality.

Though the Reds skipper hit back, as he said: "I'm not arrogant." Keane had criticised Van Dijk for suggesting that Liverpool were the only team trying to win the match, calling his comments disrespectful. Van Dijk defended his remarks and said he wasn't surprised by Keane's reaction. He said: "I like Roy Keane, if he said that then it's fine," and "He's Man United through and through and I understand he could react like that."

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The defender insisted there was no arrogance in his comments and that anyone who watched the game would agree with him. He added, via The Mirror: "But I felt what I said and there is absolutely no arrogance in that.

"Everyone who watched the game probably felt the same. We move on. We had the opportunity, but we couldn't score and that's the frustrating part."

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Despite Keane's criticism, Van Dijk repeated his claim that United were content with a point after their previous 7-0 defeat at Anfield.

The Holland captain said: "Obviously they're not in the best situation and if you come here after you have lost last here with a big number, you're going to be more than happy with a point. Everyone could see that. You could see what their game plan was and what we tried to do. I felt what I said was right and we move on."

"We don't look at the table. You look at the table. We're in December and it's the toughest period." We face West Ham and in three days' time here, we need our fans even more. We have to be ready and full of energy to reach the semi-final.

"We need everyone for that because this game was demanding for everyone. I'm looking forward to being out there again, under the floodlights with the fans behind us. Let's go for it. It's the first trophy that could be in reach and it will be a very tough game as West Ham are also in a good moment with good players.

"I'll give everything to be ready for this like I always do. We need them even more on Wednesday because it'll be three days after a demanding game," he added.

"Everyone is a little fatigued and we need that energy from the crowd to push us forward from the very first minute to the very last."

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