Virgil Van Dijk

Team-by-team guide: 2022 Netherlands World Cup preview

To prepare you for the tournament, The18 has launched team-by-team previews for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This is the preview for Group A's Netherlands.

Netherlands World Cup 2022 Preview

World Cup appearances: 11th

Best finish: Runner-up (1974, 1978, 2010)

How they got here: The Oranje finished top of a difficult qualifying group that contained Turkey and Erling Haaland's Norway. 

Arsenal are well and truly title contenders after beating Liverpool

As the whistle blew for full-time at the Emirates, the camera cut to Mikel Arteta’s jubilation-filled fist pump on the touchline. For neutrals, it began to sink in that his side might be seriously capable of competing with the big boys. A thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool is the latest confirmation, in a season overflowing with brilliance, that Arsenal is not just a fun side to watch but one of the world's best teams.

Virgil Van Dijk's Red Card Worthy Challenge On Amadou Onana

Virgil van Dijk has had a turbulent start to the Premier League campaign – falling behind on points with Liverpool, having below par performances and being clowned on social media.

His bad form, along with the whole team, is apparent and mistimed tackles like these can’t tell us otherwise.

Are Virgil Van Dijk's Poor Performances At The Core Of Liverpool's Struggles?

Liverpool is off to a miserable start — its worst in 10 years if you crave that sort of exactness — with two draws and a defeat in its first three EPL matches. It's not all bad for the Reds, as the Merseyside club should be seventh based on expected goal difference, but The most evident source of Liverpool's struggles has come from the back.

The 10 Best Defenders At The 2022 World Cup

A well-oiled defense can be the difference between going out in the group stage and winning a tournament. Scoring four goals in a game is well and good until you turn around are realize the other team scored five. Every successful team needs to be able to keep the ball out of its own net. Defending is an art, and at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, many artists will be on display, putting their bodies on the line to ensure their team advances to the next round. But not all defenders are created equal.

Red Devils Run Riot In Mancheser United vs. Liverpool Preseason Match

Preseason friendlies are well and truly underway, and certainly, at face value, the contest between Manchester United and Liverpool stuck out among the best of the summer.

The two Premier League sides traveled to the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, where United and Liverpool debuted their new home and away jerseys, respectively. While it may seem like just another pointless preseason game, the importance of getting off to a strong start and establishing a clear style of play cannot be understated, especially for Manchester United.

Real Madrid And Liverpool Meet Again After Four Years — Where Are Those 2018 Players Now?

Four years ago, Gareth Bale scored a sensational bicycle kick to win his team a Champions League title under the lights of the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine. That sentence is as impossible as ever in 2022. Perhaps it’s worth looking back at the players who took part in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final and see where they are now.

2018 Champions League Final Players — Where Are They Now?

Liverpool 2018 Champions League Players

GK — Loris Karius

Liverpool Trio In Doubt For EPL Trip To Southampton

Liverpool is still assessing the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Tuesday's Premier League trip to Southampton where it could close the gap on leader Manchester City to one point, manager Jürgen Klopp said on Monday.

Forward Salah and defender Van Dijk were substituted during Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties to lift their second trophy of the season.

Pro Tip: Don’t Try To Run On The Field For A Picture With Van Dijk — You Will Get A Hefty Stiff Arm

Imagine after a bad day at the office you get questioned on what went wrong and then have some random person run up to you begging for a photo. Everyone will react differently, but I personally would react the same way that Virgil van Dijk did after his Dutch side drew with Norway 1-1 on Wednesday in World Cup qualifying.

Van Dijk’s day could have gone smoother as the big man had his finger dislocated trying to stop Erling Haaland’s opening goal.