Virgil van Dijk’s 50-game dribbling record ended during win against Arsenal
Nobody dribbled past the Liverpool defender across the whole of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
New Arsenal signing Pepe took the ball past van Dijk during the first half of the game at Anfield to end a 50-game run stretching back 539 days.
The record had become something of an indicator of just how good a signing van Dijk has been for the Reds since his £75 million move from Southampton in 2018.
However, Liverpool fans made sure to point out that the reaction to the record ending only goes to show how colossal a player VVD has become for them.
Van Dijk is absolutely massive. First time he’s been dribbled for 70 games and everyone is celebrating like its a trophy or some sort of an achievement. No other player comes close to his standards.— Samuel (@SamueILFC) August 24, 2019
I see opposition fans are enjoying Pepe apparently dribbling past van Dijk. Just shows how incredible he is, people celebrating it like a goal.— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) August 24, 2019
“Van dijk is gargantuan,” one supporter tweeted.
Van dijk is gargantuan— DH (@ffsDH_70) August 24, 2019
An encouraging first 40 minutes was about as good as it got for Arsenal however, with Liverpool blowing the north London side away thanks to a Joel Matip header and a Mohamed Salah brace.
WHAT. A. GOAL!!!!!!!!! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tETJdQ0ycz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 24, 2019
The Reds conceded late on, but maintained their lead to stay top of the league.