Liverpool will welcome Manchester City to Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.
There is simply no downplaying the magnitude of the match as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to claim an advantage ahead of the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool will be looking to star forward Mohamed Salah for inspiration, but the club’s supporters feel that Virgil van Dijk will be equally as important down the other end of the field.
Wednesday will be Van Dijk’s first taste of Champions League football following his move to Liverpool during the January transfer window.
And the Netherlands international will be tasked with stopping a City attack that has scored for fun throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool fans have called on the former Southampton centre-back to produce a towering performance at Anfield as he looks to justify the £75m that the Reds paid in the early 2018.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) April 3, 2018
We need a big performance from our big man !!
— Rajoun Buddo (@Jon_Van_Dijk) April 3, 2018
Make us proud Virgil ???
— Ian (@ssjChevy) April 3, 2018
Need you to score from a thumping header tommorow ??
— Ajay Parwani (@AJ9AY) April 3, 2018
Full confidence in you! Pull us through! #YNWA
— Billy Bob (@WootenWyatt) April 3, 2018
Time to shine big man.
— Leigh Bill (@LMcCloskey10) April 3, 2018
Straight into these, Virgil ?
— Shane (@Blame_Suarez) April 3, 2018
Make us proud, captain
— calistus gerard (@calistus19) April 3, 2018
— Grace O (@Olorunnibe) April 3, 2018
Time to shine big man
— Paul Moylan (@PatdBaker) April 3, 2018