A number of Liverpool supporters have been reacting on social media to Virgil van Dijk’s performance against France on Sunday.
The 6’3″ [Source: Transfermarkt] Netherlands international captained his side to a 2-1 defeat against the world champions in Paris, but his assured display greatly pleased Reds’ fans.
In particular, a terrific dispossession of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe got the Anfield fanbase all shook up about their Dutch maestro.
This is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Virgil van Dijk appropriately dealt with one of the hottest talents on earth right now.
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) September 10, 2018
— Clark James (@ClarkJamesYNWA) September 10, 2018
Seriously can't stop being amazed at the Van Dijk tackle on Mbappe, one-on-one. So composed during the entire run up until the end, keeping enough distance and not diving in. Knowing when to go for the ball.
— JC (@JC_2594) September 10, 2018
— Micha (@KalashnikLove) September 9, 2018
— N James (@nevjamo) September 9, 2018
— Oh Mané Mané! ???????????? (@ManeRampage) September 9, 2018
Van dijk showing yet again why he is a top class defender. Showed mbappe on the outside, absolutely shut him down. Genius. #LFC
— Caz (@MrCamkicks) September 9, 2018
A tip of the iceberg….Van dijk dealing with Mbappe #LFC
— Daddy_Soleus (@drSoleus1892) September 9, 2018
Best CB in the world, not even surprised.
— ???? (@AnfieldAn) September 10, 2018
This game showed the best and worst of Van Dijk, but it’s no surprise to see Liverpool supporters focusing on the good side. The Holland captain had a nice game overall, and his tackle when he was one on one with Kylian Mbappe really was sensational. To shut down one of the elite talents in world football, who was confident from scoring the game’s opening goal, was simply superb. It showcased all of what the 27-year-old is best at, as he remained patient and timed his tackle to perfection. On the flip side, he didn’t shut down Olivier Giroud well enough for the host’s winner. The Chelsea man was able to hook his leg around Van Dijk and turn the ball in, with the Dutchman far to slow to react to the cross. That was a blot on an otherwise terrific display. He did well against arguably the best attack in international football, and produced a moment of magic against the second most expensive player of all time. Not a bad night’s work, eh?