Virgil van Dijk, after jumping to Liverpool from Southampton in a world-record deal for a defender worth £75m, made his first Anfield appearance for the club on Friday evening against Everton in the FA Cup.
And prior to his first steps onto the hallowed turf, the Dutchman tapped the 'This Is Anfield' sign in the tunnel - already seeming to defy the orders of his new manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp, back in 2016, said in an interview to Mirror: "I've told my players not to touch the 'This Is Anfield' sign until they win something," though obviously Van Dijk failed to read the memo.
After catapulting his new employers into the 4th round of the planet's most prestigious club competition against such bitter rivals in the Toffees, the fans have reacted to the the centre-half's pre-match antics, and it's certainly safe to say that he's won a few of them over already.
Klopp said players are only allowed touch this is anfield sign if we win trophys van dijk doesn't give a fudge love it https://t.co/Lipvm8MQnr— fsg in we trust (@adamgottalent) 6 January 2018
Van Dijk the only LFC player to touch the ‘this is Anfield’ sign on his way out.— Tim (@TimDuffy83) 5 January 2018
Love him already.
Van Dijk touching the “This is Anfield” sign ahhhhhhhhhhh— Brad (@SuspectSadio) 5 January 2018
Noticed while watching the match of the day after coming back from the game that Virgil Van Dijk was the only player to touch the “This Is Anfield” Sign. Boss tha @TheAnfieldWrap— new year new jonathan (@jonathancwynne) 5 January 2018
Van Dijk touches the THIS IS ANFIELD sign on his way to the pitch . . . love him already ~signofrespect— Andrew Songhurst (@AndySong66) 5 January 2018
Looks like Van Dijk is yet to be told Jurgen Klopp has banned Liverpool players from touching the 'This Is Anfield' board till they win something under him. Haha— kwaku ahenkorah (@KwakuAhenkorah3) 5 January 2018
Given Van Dijk's relative naivety, perhaps Klopp will choose to ignore the centre-back's disregard for his strict rules, as for now it's plausible to speculate that a little magic may have rubbed off of the famous sign to give the former Saints man the spirit to clinch the tie's pivotal goal to benefit his squad's progression.