Liverpool fans react to what Spurs' Lucas said about Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool react during a training session at Anfield on May 21, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

The Tottenham Hotspur attacker isn't buying an Opta stat about the Liverpool beast

Virgil Van Dijk of Netherlands and Liverpool Football Club in action during the UEFA Nations League Final match between Portugal and Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 9, 2019 in...

Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur has taken Opta to task over a claim made about Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

After the Reds beat Tottenham in the Champions League final on June 1, Opta Joe tweeted out: "No opposition player has completed a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in any of his last 64 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. Rock."

But the claim is being disputed by Spurs attacker Lucas, who faced the Liverpool stalwart on a number of occasion last season.

The Brazilian, who scored against Jurgen Klopp's side last season, told Desimpedidos: "Dude, now this question there I don’t know if it’s true. They say he hasn’t been dribbled past since… whatever. If the guy is past him, it’s already a dribble.


"I don't know, but the guys must have gone past him now. I know I scored a goal against Liverpool, we lost, but I scored against Liverpool and he was left behind. But he's great. He is."

Suffice to say that fans of the Anfield club have certainly seen the humour in Lucas's suggestion that the statistic is false.

Here's how they reacted:

Van Dijk is widely considered to be one of the sport's finest centre-backs, if not the finest.

And although the Tottenham star is entitled to question what he hears, Opta, who are among the world's leading sports analytics companies, more than likely haven't made a mistake with this.

It's possible that Lucas has simply misunderstood the statistic about the Liverpool star.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool lifts the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June...

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