The image that shows Virgil van Dijk hasn’t always been a stylish operator

The Virgil van Dijk that we all know is a cool, calm, collected guy with an abundance of footballing talent under his belt.

Standing at 6 ft 4 and towering over anyone that stands in his way, the Dutch colossus is a dominant presence who just oozes swagger – Troy Deeney even said that the Liverpool No.4 smells ‘lovely’. What more do you need?

It goes without saying that the former Celtic man is up their with the coolest players in the Premier League, both on and off the pitch.

Luis Suarez certainly had no qualms about celebrating against his former employers in the video below…

Whether he’s picking up his PFA Player of the Year award in a tuxedo and bow tie, or strolling past hapless attackers with that luscious man bun of his, you just know what you’re getting with the 27-year-old.

But has it always been this way?

On the evidence that we’re about to show you, most would say it probably hasn’t.

The image above shows Liverpool’s all-conquering £75m man wearing some of the baggiest jeans you’ll ever see, but let’s be honest, that’s not what we’re looking at is it?

Those clogs!

Just look at them. Huge. Green. They’re basically the footwear equivalent of Shrek; why Van Dijk decided to slip them on and let someone take an actual photograph of him is baffling.

Thankfully for Liverpool fans, their record signing now has a much better dress sense and more confidence as a result, helping him swat aside opposition forwards with ease.

Who knows, if the back-to-back Champions League finalist carried on in this clog-wearing vein throughout his career, would he be in the lofty position in football that he currently is?

Probably not, as nobody would want to be seen dead alongside him whilst he’s wearing those monstrosities, let alone sign him to play for their football club.

In all seriousness though, they are truly awful.