Memphis Depay sends classy message to injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk after scoring for Lyon

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Memphis Depay paid tribute to his Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring for Lyon on Sunday.

The Liverpool defender will miss at least six months of action due to a serious knee injury sustained in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton.

Depay and Van DIjk are close friends from playing together for the Netherlands

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Depay and Van DIjk are close friends from playing together for the Netherlands

Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge forced Van Dijk off in just the 11th minute.

Depay, who has played alongside Van Dijk for the Netherlands since 2015, opened the scoring in Lyon’s 4-1 win over Monaco.

And the Manchester United flop headed to the nearest camera to reveal a message under his shirt.

It read: “Virgil, stay strong my brother.”

Depay sent his best wishes to Van Dijk

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Depay sent his best wishes to Van Dijk

Unending tributes have been pouring in for Van Dijk since Liverpool confirmed he had suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Arsenal legend Perry Groves told talkSPORT Pickford purposefully meant to hurt Van Dijk.

He said: “I don’t agree with what [Carlo] Ancelotti said, that it was a legitimate attempt to play the ball. It wasn’t.

“If you look at Virgil van Dijk, players know whether you’ve had a legitimate attempt to play the ball or you’ve gone for the player first.


“That’s why Van Dijk brushed Pickford away, we saw that, he brushed him away and went, ‘no, get out of it’, because you know yourself.

“And if you’re going for the player, then the consequences are that you’re going to injure the player.

“I think Pickford went for the player first and then the ball was in the periphery.

“He’s come out feet first, he’s lost sight of the ball, he’s panicked and thought, ‘I’m going to go for the player first and if the ball is in the vicinity, it’s a bonus.’”





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