The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to their big central-defender, Virgil van Dijk, who took to Twitter following Liverpool’s 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma in the Champions League semi-final. The Dutch defender had to be at the top of his game and despite losing 4-2 on the night and he won’t be complaining as he prepares to face Real Madrid in Kiev.
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) 3 May 2018
The 26-year-old defender joined Liverpool less than six months ago in the January window from Southampton and his impact at the club has been huge already. Arriving as the world’s most expensive defender, van Dijk had to impress, and quickly. The Dutchman took no time in endearing himself to the fans, though, as he put in a man of the match winning performance and scored the winning goal on his debut which just so happened to be an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Everton.
Since his Merseyside derby heroics, van Dijk has gone from strength to strength and has united a defence that was at odds before his arrival. The form of Andy Robertson on van Dijk’s left has helped him greatly, although the calming presence of the Dutchman seems to have worked wonders for both Dejan Lovren and Loris Karius, who looked more than shaky before the 26-year-old’s January arrival.
You can read our resident Reds’ van Dijk verdict here:
Best £75m we’ve ever spent
— Shan (@Shannxo) May 3, 2018
— My Surname is Khan™ (@ejaz_k) May 3, 2018
Yet another colossal performance from you last night Virgil. Let's go on and win this thing!!! YNWA
— Ziyaad (@ZIYAAD_LFC) May 3, 2018
Best defender in the world!!!
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) May 3, 2018
You are all heroes YNWA
— Maryandedbee (@maryandedbee) 3 May 2018
How to spend 75m effectively
— hazem salah (@hazem_salah8) May 3, 2018
When you go to Kiev don’t forget to bring that big trophy home
— BRAYDO (@Braydoc) 3 May 2018
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Worth every penny
— Bobby (@saphira_ahmed) May 3, 2018