Just a week after lifting the biggest prize in club football, Virgil van Dijk was one game away from capping off a remarkable season with a title at international level.
The centre-back lead his side past England in the Nations League semi-finals, but fell short to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the showpiece finale on Sunday.
The Liverpool defender took to Instagram in the aftermath of the game to reflect on his side’s defeat, and insisted that Ronald Koeman’s side would go on to achieve greater things in the future.
Despite not being able to add another trophy to his collection, van Dijk can look back at the season with a real sense of pride. The former Southampton man was absolutely vital to Liverpool’s triumph in the Champions League, and was deservedly crowned PFA Player of the Year for his stellar performances this season.
With Jurgen Klopp’s men bidding to overhaul the Manchester City juggernaut and claim their first Premier League title, van Dijk will once again be counted on by Reds fans to marshal the Anfield side’s backline to glory.
Seen as such a cool customer, the Dutchman will no doubt shake off the setback with his country and kick on again with Liverpool next season – that will be a very scary prospect indeed.