Liverpool-focused Twitter account @TheKop_com posted an interesting statistic following the first two weekends of the Premier League season, comparing the goal involvements of Virgil van Dijk and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
Since the start of 2018-19 PL season..
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) August 20, 2019
Van Dijk’s goal for Liverpool in the 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League season was his fifth in the league since the beginning of last season.
The first of those came in a 2-0 win at Wolves last December, followed by a brace in the 5-0 hammering of Watford in February and one in the Reds’ 3-2 success at Newcastle towards the end of the campaign.
Manchester United winger Lingard has yet to contribute to a goal this season, though, and managed just four goals and two assists in the 2018/19 Premier League.
Remarkably, all four of those goals came in an 18-day spell during last December, one of them against Liverpool, and the 26-year-old hasn’t found the net in the league since his double against Cardiff eight months ago.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter took the opportunity to taunt Lingard over his inferior goal record to Reds defender van Dijk:
Not a fair comparison. Lingard is only a youngster. He’s a great prospect, just needs time.
— Back to being UNBEARABLE (@occasionalstuff) August 20, 2019
Beans Beans Beans Ptsk. (Read without signing)
— Moh Mwangi Karuri (@moh_karuri) August 20, 2019
Definitely a fair comparison especially when u factor in the fact that all of lingards goals and assists came in December 2018 and one since or before
— Él Kopítan (@KopitanEl) August 20, 2019
Lingard with those stats will probably be put up for young player of the year even tho the kid is about 26
— Jamie Morris (@JamieMo32234394) August 20, 2019
Are we really comparing VVD to Lingard?
— Saurabh Keni (@saurabhkeni95) August 21, 2019
@ieuand97 actually a mad stat
— Owain Chatwell (@OChatwell) August 20, 2019
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