Netherlands legend Wim Kieft has put the boot in to Virgil van Dijk, labelling the Liverpool star as “lazy and nonchalant”.
Despite a impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea, Liverpool were shaky on the opening day as they scraped past newly-promoted Leeds 4-3.
Van Dijk scored in the win but was at fault defensively, with some claiming it was an “arrogant” display.
Kieft, who won the 1988 European Championship with the Netherlands, has not been impressed and feels his compatriot has become complacent.
“He is not sharp, he behaves with the Oranje and Liverpool like the finished star, the great coaching leader, who shows a little too much that he does not like his fellow players,” he told De Telegraaf.
“At the same time, he plays lazy and nonchalant himself. He makes mistakes and often runs away from defensive handiwork in matches. With his status, he should be at the forefront of the battle.
“It took Van Dijk a long time to get to the top international level. He has been there for about two seasons now, but it is important that Van Dijk remains very critical of himself. His environment also plays an important role in this.
“It’s okay if his trainers shake him up a lot.”