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Unsung hero: Virgil van Dijk the name on Liverpool fans lips

Unsung hero: Virgil van Dijk the name on Liverpool fans lips

Liverpool are surely on course for their first title in nearly three decades with a last gasp victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The visitors, who arrived at Anfield on Sunday having seen their own title dreams crushed, were within touching distance of seriously damaging Liverpool’s hopes until Salah tested the unconvincing hands of Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool’s dynamic forward Roberto Firmino opened the scoring after 16 minutes, heading Andy Robertson’s well-calculated cross from the left.

The hosts were cruising in the first 45 minutes thanks to an unconvincing Spurs back three setup, with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson taking full advantage of their freedom on the flanks. Sadio Mane nearly continued his scintillating form with a curled effort from 20 yards before the halftime whilst gave Pochettino an opportunity to return to a conventional back four.

The moment that could have broken Liverpool hearts came with just 20 minutes remaining. Kane supplied a quick free-kick to Kieran Trippier on the right, who then found Eriksen whose mishit cross met the feet of the impressive Lucas Moura to put into the back of the net.

The hosts could have grabbed a very late winner if it wasn’t for a combination of quality defending from Virgil van Dijk and the wastefulness of Sissoko. The Frenchman was through on goal with Heung-Min Son in a two versus one situation but deliberated too long in the face of pressure lumping the ball way over the bar.

Liverpool snatched the winner at the end when Salah weakly headed the ball in Lloris’ direction who in turn feebly fumbled it into the path of an unlucky Toby Alderweireld who couldn’t do enough to stop it rebounding for an own goal.

It certainly wasn’t a trademark performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men, who would have been lucky to come away with a point if it wasn’t for the efforts of Virgil van Dijk. It goes without saying that the Netherlands international was solid at the back. However, the moment he expertly denied an almost certain late goal at the end of the game and to allow Liverpool to go on and sneak the winner will surely be looked back on as one of the most important moments of the season.

Liverpool fans, who was your unsung hero on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below…

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