Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk was part of the Southampton side that beat Everton 4-1 in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Sunday, and Reds fans were quick to have their say on his performance.
Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring the Netherlands international to Anfield during the summer, but the Merseyside outfit were forced to issue a statement and public apology after they were accused of tapping the centre-back up.
The 26-year-old is now a permanent fixture in the Saints backline after being demoted to train with the U23s earlier in the campaign, and he had little to do against the Toffees in truth with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning strike one of Everton’s few shots at goal.
However, he was strong in the air and calm on the ball, and Klopp would have been impressed having seen his team fail to keep a clean sheet again in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.
Liverpool supporters were quick to analyse his display via social media, and while one praised his “great balance and athleticism”, another believes he is “overrated”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Despite his height VVD is such and athlete compared to Matip. Matip looks like there is no connection from head to feet, so clumsy and lanky. Van Dijk has great balance and athleticism. #LFC
— Kristian Vestergaard (@Schen_RulEz) November 26, 2017
Virgil van Dijk does poorly against Liverpool, then does excellently against Everton the next week.
— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) November 26, 2017
Just Watched Van Dijk. Had A Very Good Performance, And The Fact Liverpool Have Concede 1.38 Goals Per Game This Season, Makes Me Want To See Van Dijk In A #LFC Shirt Even More! ??
— ALL LFC (@ALL_LFC96) November 26, 2017
VVD is really needed especially in the air. Henderson and Lovren both have to go. Aubameyang would be terrific. How much patience should the Liverpool board have with Klopp? What do you think their expectations are for this season?
— Glory Shed (@GloryShedders) November 26, 2017
Ryan Bertrand is who Liverpool should be looking to get not the overrated van Dijk #LFCFamily
— Robin McNamara (@robbiemac72) November 26, 2017