Virgil van Dijk Social media has been dubbed ‘Van Disney’ after a poor performance in LiverpoolDraw 2-2 with Fulham.
The Reds came from behind twice at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon and Van Dijk had a tough time against Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serbia international scored twice and was a thorn in Liverpool’s defense for the full 90 minutes.
Van Dijk is seen as one of the best individual defenders in world football and he wanted absolutely nothing to do with Mitrovic.
Unfortunately for him, Mitrovic came back more in the 72nd minute and dropped the Serbia international Van Dijk in the penalty area and referee Andy Madele pointed to the penalty spot.
Liverpool players were outraged by the decision but Van Dijk knew he had made a mistake.
This is the first time Van Dijk has been dribbled by an opponent and received a penalty in a single Premier League match since he joined Liverpool back in 2018.
Alexander Mitrovich loves it there! ⚽️⚽️
He takes the penalty he won to restore Fulham’s advantage 👌
What a day for the newly upside so far! pic.twitter.com/4gZPTQu9B7
Football on BT Sport (btsportfootball) August 6, 2022
Mitrovic went ahead and hit the penalty kick against Alisson to give Fulham the lead for the second time.
Online supporters responded to Van Dyck’s performance and his new nickname “Van Disney” is popular around the world.
You can check out some of the tweets below.
Mitrovic had a Disney fan all over the place 😭
– Modification (CFCMod_) August 6, 2022
Try comparing Disney’s to Maldini! You will pay for your sins!!
– JonnyUtd (@JonnyFX1) August 6, 2022
Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah scored the equalizer after each of Mitrovic’s strikes to ensure the points were shared.
Liverpool looked far off the pace compared to last weekend’s Community Shield win over Manchester City.
He lost a number of players due to injury and Thiago came out with a suspected hamstring injury.
Klopp told BT Sport in his post-match interview: “The best thing about the game was the result, that we got a point from a really bad game on my part. The situation wasn’t right at first, we wanted to fight back. But we didn’t find it easy anymore.
“The result is good, we don’t deserve more than that but the performance can be greatly improved.”