Van Dijk reveals what he said to Sokratis in heated debate over Salah penalty

Virgil van Dijk has revealed what exactly was said during his touchline argument with Arsenal defender Sokratis during Liverpool’s 5-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds mauled the Gunners after the visitors went one nil up through Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Roberto Firmino became the highest scoring Brazilian in Premier League history as he scored a hattrick to overtake former Red Philippe Coutinho in the charts.

Mohamed Salah was also heavily involved, grabbing a goal and assist for himself, with his goal a point of contention for Arsenal after Sokratis appeared to hack the Egyptian down in the box to give away a penalty.

“I saw that he went to Mo and was saying that he dived. He was attacking him a bit, but I wanted to say he didn’t dive,” van Dijk said.

“Obviously everyone came around us and it looked like we were fighting or something but we weren’t.

“I just wanted to talk to him. But that happens in football and we move on.

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“I’m protecting my team-mates and that’s normal, that’s how everyone should react and that’s what we all need to do, to back each other. That’s what I definitely do.”

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