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Van Bronckhorst delivers verdict on van Dijk’s Liverpool form

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angers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has backed compatriot Virgil van Dijk to return to form despite a difficult start to the season at Liverpool.

The Dutchman said he had no doubts about the enduring quality of compatriot van Dijk but hoped he has another bad game at Anfield.

The Netherlands captain, who is set to play at his first major tournament when the World Cup kicks off next month, has come under scrutiny for his club form but his compatriot does not believe it is part of a wider problem for the centre-back.

“I love Virgil. I’m very proud of the way he has performed for all his clubs but also the national team,” said the Rangers boss.

“He’s the captain and is a true leader. He is a fantastic player.

“Everyone can have a bad game or spell, but the backing he gets from his coach is amazing. You always need that in those moments.”

Additional reporting from PA

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