“Virgil van Dijk,” sing the Liverpool fans, after their number four opened the scoring this weekend against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“Watch him defend, and we watch him score…”
As the chant slowly died out, Anfield was roaring again in celebration of their commanding centre-back, as Virgil van Dijk had scored again. Two goals in a matter of minutes saw Virgil van Dijk bounce into a week which could see him awarded the Ballon d’Or.
And you would be foolish to bet against him, you’d think. Liverpool’s sensation form over what is now two years of football has coincided with his arrival at the club. In the past 18 months, Liverpool has played in more Champions League finals than they have lost league games.
Be it through clean sheets or composed passing that starts moves that end with Mo Salah or Sadio Mane, Van Dijk has been pivotal in the Reds’ success for the past year and more. Despite having to see out a nervy 2-1 win, in the end, this weekend, Virgil was once again the difference, scoring the goals and keeping a calm head when Liverpool could have so easily collapsed.
A memorable brace makes him Van Dijk our player of the weekend and his ongoing good form might just make him the player of the year.