Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has challenged Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk to improve and stop making costly mistakes during matches.
Van Dijk conceded a late penalty during Sunday's clash Manchester City in the Premier League, but will have been relieved to see Riyad Mahrez send the penalty over the bar. He also made an error during the Netherlands' 2-1 defeat to France in September, allowing Olivier Giroud to score the decisive goal in the match.
Speaking ahead of his side's clash with Germany on Saturday, Koeman criticised van Dijk during his press conference. He is quoted by The Daily Mirror as saying: "
“I know him so well – and that means I know where all his little faults are.
“There are moments as a defender when you should be no more than three feet away from the striker you are marking.
“On Monday, when he arrived in our training camp in Zeist, he could see from the look on my face that I was thinking about the foul he made when Liverpool played Man City on Sunday.
“It will not affect his chances with me. He is still my main man, but I want him to get better.”
After guiding the Saints to a sixth-placed finish in the league, Koeman left to join Everton, but van Dijk remained and developed into one of the world's finest defenders, eventually joining Liverpool for around £70m.