Liverpool stunned the Premier League when they smashed their club-record transfer and the world-record amount paid for a defender when they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January, but his performance against PSG on Tuesday night was the latest piece of evidence that the Dutchman was worth every penny.
Liverpool were sharp, aggressive and dominant as they stunned the French champions with a pulsating 3-2 win over Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Champions League, providing Anfield with another memorable Champions League night to add to their illustrious history of European success.
They've done it! — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 18, 2018
Roberto Firmino comes off the bench to score Liverpool's winner in stoppage time!
What a match! pic.twitter.com/z8fRzWrhfY
From front to back of the pitch, Jurgen Klopp’s side executed a masterful game plan which was simply too much for the Parisians to live with. Arriving on Merseyside with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe expected to take centre stage, PSG’s superstars were out-run, out-fought and out-played.
Whilst Liverpool’s electrifying attacking exploits typically win most of the plaudits, the Reds’ defensive game was equally impressive in halting the visitors’ attacking inroads, with van Dijk at the heart of the action.
The 27-year-old was typically composed, solid and influential in shoring up the Liverpool backline and providing the first line of quality in moving his side forward from the back.
Not only did he contribute immensely to keeping PSG’s frontline generally peripheral in the match, van Dijk provided a characteristically complete defensive performance in playing forward from his central defensive position and setting the tempo and standards of quality for his side with assured passing.
Liverpool fans were once again delighted with what they saw from their star defender as the Dutchman continued to prove worthy of their club’s heavy investment in the Dutchman’s services.
Here is a selection of how Liverpool supporters responded on Twitter to van Dijks’ dominant display on Tuesday night…
Virgil van dijk been keeping Mbappe in his back pocket for the last week, let him out to play for a few minutes, then put him back in.— shen-niño (@Shennin0) 18 September 2018
Virgil Van Dijk got to be one of the best centre backs in the world. Guys a joke 🔥— James Banner (@james_banner9) 18 September 2018
I’m making a stand. Virgil Van Dijk is the best defender in the world on current form.— Joe (@ftbIjoe) 18 September 2018
Alisson and Van Dijk have taken us to that next level, the potential of this team is scary #LFC— Tom Dearlove (@dearlove_T) 18 September 2018
How many times did Van Dijk kick a diagonal ball to TAA tonight? Unreal, every pass was inch perfect🔥— Charlie (@mosxlah11) 18 September 2018
OMG VAN DIJK 😭😭😭😭— Thuto (@Thuto_Bokisi) 18 September 2018
Virgil Van Dijk is the best player in the world— Tom Ross (@TRoss321) 18 September 2018