Van Dijk not bothered by England booing
Virgil van Dijk has shrugged off the peculiar feature of England supporters booing him throughout the Nations League Finals.
Some of the English contingent at Sunday's final in Porto, which hosts Portugal won 1-0 thanks to Goncalo Guedes' 60th-minute strike, continued this treatment but Van Dijk was unconcerned this coming after a sizable number of England fans booed his every touch during last Thursday's 3-1 semi-final win over Gareth Southgate's side.
"I don't really care if somebody boos me or boos the team, we're trying to win the game," he said. "We know we have a lot of support behind us anyway and at the end of the day, it's us players who have to do the job. It doesn't affect me at all."
It proved a frustrating night for the Dutch at Estadio do Dragao, but Van Dijk is excited by what the future holds for a team that has bounced back impressively from missing out on both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, under the guidance of head coach Ronald Koeman.
Van Dijk headed into the inaugural UEFA event on the back of a stunning season for Liverpool, capped with Champions League glory after claiming the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Players' Player of the Year award.
While that underlined the esteem in which the 27-year-old is held by his fellow professionals, a sizable number of England fans booed his every touch during last Thursday's 3-1 semi-final win over Gareth Southgate's side after extra time in Guimaraes.