You can understand why the Liverpool supporters were so thrilled with Virgil van Dijk’s actions at half time in his team’s 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. The Reds absolutely battered Unai Emery’s side and Van Dijk was key to that once again at the heart of the defence, but it was his actions near the tunnel at half time that really impressed the club’s fans. The Dutchman saw that Arsenal defender Sokratis was giving Mohamed Salah a bit of stick, probably for going down rather easily for his first half penalty, and so Van Dijk came over to give the Greek international a taste of his own medicine. He shoved the Gunners star away from Salah and proceeded to chase him down the tunnel in order to protect his star player. It was a real captain’s moment from Van Dijk as he identified a problem and went and sorted it. It might not always be the best idea to get in a confrontation with the opposition, but there’s no doubt that the Liverpool fans appreciated this incident.
Live4Liverpool has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Inside Anfield gonna be off the wall seeing van Dijk make a fool out of Sokratis in the tunnel, actually.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 29, 2018
Van Dijk ??
Sokratis chewing salahs ear off about the penalty
big Virg’ flying over, pushes him away and then chases him down the tunnel ???????
— stoop_solo (@dave_pommy) December 29, 2018
Van Dijk protecting Salah from that Bum Sokratis ????????????
— Tyler (@tylbucks) December 29, 2018
Virgil Van Dijk is putting Sokratis in his place. Proper big brother, bodyguard, protector type. This guy is a general. #LFC
— Sham (@LFC_RedBlooded) December 29, 2018
Anyone else see Van Dijk shouting sokratis back down the tunnel for speaking to Salah? My captain! #LIVARS
— Ash Chohan (@Ash784C) December 29, 2018
Sokratis was bullying Salah calling him a diver haha then Virgil Van Dijk came through like you can’t bully my teammates!!!! My Captain #LFC
— ADETAYO?????? (@hammdiee) December 29, 2018