Van Dijk Reflects on Suspension as Liverpool Captain
Liverpool's new club captain, Virgil van Dijk, has reflected on his recent sending-off and extended suspension, considering it a valuable but tough lesson. He now aims to move forward and put the incident behind him.
Van Dijk received a red card early in a Premier League match against Newcastle United last month, during which he directed a verbal outburst at the referee as he left the pitch. The Football Association subsequently charged him with improper conduct, and on Friday, an additional game was added to his mandatory one-match ban, which he had already served when Liverpool faced Aston Villa last weekend.
While away on national team duty with the Netherlands, Van Dijk will also miss Liverpool's upcoming home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers next Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference in Dublin on the eve of the European qualifier against Ireland, Van Dijk stated, "It is a hard and expensive lesson but I don’t want to say much more. I have accepted it and I am happy that there is now a line under it."