Fans react on social media as Virgil van Dijk is pulled off by Jurgen Klopp at half-time

‘No surprise he was dropped’: Fans react on social media as Van Dijk is replaced at half-time by Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford – before the Reds boss says the defender has struggling with a hamstring problem

Fans on social media have reacted to Virgil van Dijk being replaced by Jurgen Klopp at half-time.

Liverpool struggled against a dominant Brentford and were 2-0 down at half-time – before eventually losing 3-1.

Fans on social media have said that Germany coach was right to dismiss Van Dijk after a “poor” performance in the first 45. However, it has since been confirmed that the 31-year-old was withdrawn due to a hamstring injury rather than performance-related reasons.

Virgil van Dijk was substituted at half-time by Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool 2-0 to Brentford

After the game, Klopp said: “Van Dijk had a treatment on the hamstring, the other two subs were some fresh legs, also different skills.”

Before the Liverpool manager could shed any light on Van Dijk’s hamstring problem, fans shared their take on the sub.

One fan said: “Virgil was poor in the first half so it’s no surprise he’s being pulled off.”

This seemed to be a common theme across a lot of social media, with another fan saying: “Virgil is gone and deservedly he was poor.”

The Dutch defender has been out of form lately and this continued into the first half against Brentford.

These Liverpool fans agreed with Klopp's decision to knock out Van Dijk at half-time against Brentford

These Liverpool fans agreed with Klopp’s decision to knock out Van Dijk at half-time against Brentford

The centre-back was caught napping when a ball was played past the defense at Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo – which eventually led to the game’s first goal.

Another fan added, “No complaints from me about Virgil leaving. Tsimikas and Elliott are both shocking. To be honest, Klopp could have undressed everyone so badly.

Upon seeing Van Dijk’s substitution, rival fans also took to social media to share their thoughts on Klopp’s half-time swap.

Van Dijk had to watch the second half from the Liverpool bench after coming on

Van Dijk had to watch the second half from the Liverpool bench after coming on

Luke Shaw has filled in at centre-back for Manchester United and one Twitter user said the left-back was “a better CB than Van Dijk”. [right now].’

Another rival fan compared Van Dijk to Harry Maguire after his first-half performance in the loss to the Bees.

Liverpool are next up against Wolves in the FA Cup and will be hoping to bounce back from that disappointing result.

Red fans hope their central defender will be available in the cup game.

These rival fans took to social media to discuss Van Dijk's half-time move against Brentford

These rival fans took to social media to discuss Van Dijk’s half-time move against Brentford