Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring for Liverpool as they earned a convincing 2-0 win against Sheffield United on Wednesday night (6 December) at Bramall Lane.
The Reds were firmly in control in the first half but they failed to create enough clear-cut chances. Towards the end of the first half, the Reds skipper stepped up and found the net after meeting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fantastic corner.
It was the Dutchman’s first goal in the Premier League this season. Van Dijk, however, has provided two assists thus far in the league.
Jurgen Klopp was “surprised” after he heard that it was Van Dijk’s first goal of the season as he thought the Dutchman might have scored before. He was pleased with the set pieces and said that they are “massive” in tight games.
“Virg scored, I heard, his first goal [of the season]. I was a bit surprised, I thought he scored already but maybe it was a different competition or last year, I don’t know. But set-pieces are a massive help in tight games,” said Klopp, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com.
Former Liverpool forward, Luis Garcia, said after the game that it was a “big three points” for the Reds as they cemented the second position in the league.
Liverpool are on 34 points after 15 games, two points behind Arsenal, and have taken a four-point lead over Manchester City who lost 1-0 against Aston Villa.
There have been suggestions that Van Dijk isn’t the same player anymore that he once was before his horrific injury against Everton. At 32, he is not getting any younger but he still plays at a high level that very few defenders in the world can come close to.
His influence on this team is enormous. He still makes crucial blocks and timely tackles. The next few games will be very crucial for the Reds as they are a bit short of options at the back following the ACL injury to Joel Matip.
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