Virgil van Dijk sealed Liverpool’s move four years ago … and has yet to taste a Premier League defeat at Anfield as the chic center-back has a stunning record for the Reds
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When Philippe Coutinho forced a move to Barcelona in January 2018, Jurgen Klopp’s restoration work at Liverpool seemed to have hit a huge stumbling block.
The manager was unaware that the exit of Brazil had brought the Reds back to the light of day and, finally, the end of the club’s long wait for Premier League glory, in part thanks to a key signing… Virgil van Dijk .
Coutinho had been in scintillating form in order to secure the transfer of his dreams and, despite the club’s setback with the Brazilian’s departure, they had subconsciously taken the biggest step forward just days before.
After a failed move in the summer of 2017, Van Dijk surprisingly held his ground for Liverpool despite interest from other top Premier League sides.
The deal and the move to Anfield finally became official four years ago on December 27.
Leaving Southampton for a record amount for a £ 75million defender, Van Dijk has come with huge expectations, and the future Ballon d’Or finalist has more than lived up to them.
Klopp managed to take the Reds to the next level with an appearance in the Champions League final the following summer, before winning the competition next season in 2019.
European success has always held a special place within the Merseyside club and in the hearts of its fans, but the holy grail was then achieved in 2020 when Klopp guided Liverpool to a very first Premier League title.
Van Dijk was the cornerstone of their defense and, remarkably, the Dutchman has yet to lose a league game at Anfield four years after becoming a Red.
Van Dijk has raced under ‘This Is Anfield’ 55 times in the league since joining, and has yet to taste defeat, helping Liverpool compete and win a title that was unattainable for nearly three decades.
It’s the longest streak in the Premier League to ever lose a home game with their team, and just four games away from the longest unbeaten streak of all time.
Longest undefeated home runs in Premier League history
59: Lee Sharpe, Manchester United
55: Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool
42: Shaun Wright-Phillips, Chelsea
41: Alex, Chelsea
40: Jaap Stam, Manchester United
35: Arjen Robben, Chelsea
25: Andriy Shevchenko, Chelsea
24: Albert Riera, Liverpool
23: Javi García, Manchester City
The 30-year-old was taken out for the remainder of the season last October when a collision with Jordan Pickford of Everton ruptured his ACL.
Now back and excluding the best forwards across Europe, the Dutch captain is set to return from a brief stint with COVID-19 to help his team fight again for the biggest prizes the game has to offer.
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