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Virgil Van Dijk Continues Rehab Programme At AXA Training Centre (Photos)
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Virgil Van Dijk Continues Rehab Programme At AXA Training Centre (Photos)

Virgil van Dijk's rehabilitation programme from knee surgery was continuing at the AXA Training Centre on Friday. The centre-back underwent a successful operation on a ligament injury in October and has recently been continuing his work on the road to full fitness at Liverpool's new training facility. No timescale is being placed upon Van Dijk's return to action, but as our photos below show, the No.4 is continuing to put in the hard yards on his journey towards a comeback. Photos by Andrew Powell  
His knee ‘doesn’t look like a knee should’ – Klopp updates on Van Dijk’s progress from injury
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His knee ‘doesn’t look like a knee should’ – Klopp updates on Van Dijk’s progress from injury

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given injury updates on Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita. Jurgen Klopp says Virgil Van Dijk's recovery from serious injury is going "really well" despite the Liverpool boss revealing the defender's knee "does not look like a knee should". Van Dijk suffered knee ligament damage in last month's Merseyside derby, sustaining the injury as a result of a forceful challenge from Jordan Pickford. The Dutchman could ultimately miss the rest of the club season and even next year's delayed Euro 2020.
‘Liverpool have more leaders with Van Dijk out’ – Carragher salutes collective spirit in injury crisis
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‘Liverpool have more leaders with Van Dijk out’ – Carragher salutes collective spirit in injury crisis

The Reds have seen a number of players ruled out of their plans, but a club legend has seen “three or four” stepping up to counter those absences Liverpool have “more leadership” in the ranks now that Virgil van Dijk is stuck on the sidelines, says Jamie Carragher, with “three or four” players stepping up to counter the absence of injured stars. The Reds have seen their squad ravaged by fitness problems over recent weeks and Jurgen Klopp has found himself down to the bare bones in defence, with Van Dijk being joined in the treatment room by Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Things have not been much better further up the field, with Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara recovering from knocks while Mohamed Salah tested positive for Covid-19.
Wizkids PUMA Advert Currently In UK Stores & on TV
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Wizkids PUMA Advert Currently In UK Stores & on TV

After campaigns with several international brands, Wizkid was recently unveiled as the new face of PUMA footwear. His ads currently appears in UK sportswear giant, JDsport outlets across the UK. He also features in the accompanying TV advert #jdwonderland alongside several UK stars representing their respective sports brands. This includes Virgil Van Dijk (Nike), Anthony Joshua (Under Armour) & Rita Ora (Adidas). https://youtu.be/ZTvYPNKp9dE
Liverpool Injury Crisis Worsen As Gomez Join The Injury List
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Liverpool Injury Crisis Worsen As Gomez Join The Injury List

Liverpool’s injury crisis in defence deepened on Wednesday with the news Joe Gomez is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in England training. The Premier League champions are expected to be without talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after the Dutchman suffered cruciate ligament damage last month. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the next month after picking up a calf injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City, while Fabinho — who had deputised at centre-back since Van Dijk’s injury — is also recovering from a hamstring problem. “I can’t tell you how serious it is because he is yet to have scans. What was upsetting was he was in a fair bit of pain and nobody was around him when the injury happened,” said ...
Memphis Depay Sends Message To Virgil van Dijk After Scoring For Lyon
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Memphis Depay Sends Message To Virgil van Dijk After Scoring For Lyon

Memphis Depay sent a message to the injured Virgil van Dijk following his goal for Lyon on Sunday. Depay scored to put Lyon ahead against AS Monaco then revealed a touching message to his Dutch compatriot. The ex-Manchester United forward lifted his shirt with a message underneath, saying: "Virgil stay strong my brother." Van Dijk suffered a serious knee injury following a reckless challenge from Everton's Jordan Pickford. He's set to have surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season. Van Dijk, 29, has vowed to return better than ever as he took to social media to share a statement. In a tweet he posted last Sunday, he said: "This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incide...
Hasenhuttl piles on Pickford for ‘absolutely disastrous tackle’ on Van Dijk ahead of Everton clash
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Hasenhuttl piles on Pickford for ‘absolutely disastrous tackle’ on Van Dijk ahead of Everton clash

The Southampton manager has ensured the spotlight will be on the Toffees keeper once more when the sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday Ralph Hasenhuttl has kept the spotlight squarely on under-fire goalkeeper Jordan Pickford ahead of Southampton’s Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday. England No.1 Pickford has faced criticism from all angles after his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby which left the Liverpool defender possibly out for the season. A number of Liverpool players and pundits have publicly blasted Pickford and, a week after the injury occurred, it remains a talking point.
Liverpool Must Stay In Trophy Hunt For Injured Van Dijk, Says Henderson
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Liverpool Must Stay In Trophy Hunt For Injured Van Dijk, Says Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the loss of Virgil van Dijk is a “big blow” but he wants the Premier League champions to use his absence as an added incentive to stay in the trophy hunt. Defensive talisman Van Dijk requires surgery after suffering knee ligament damage during Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton. Manager Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to put a timescale on the Dutchman’s return but admits he faces a lengthy absence after being clattered by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw. Henderson is confident Liverpool can cope in Van Dijk’s absence, even though he has been a pivotal player since he joined the club in 2018. “It’s a tough one. It’s a big blow for us,” Henderson told the club website. “For him personally, obviously. But for us as a ...
‘I’m Going To Return Stonger’ – Van Dijk Vows To Bounce Back
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‘I’m Going To Return Stonger’ – Van Dijk Vows To Bounce Back

The defender has taken to social media to thank supporters and revealed that he has already begun his rehabilitation process with a specialist. Virgil van Dijk has spoken out for the first time since he sustained a potential season-ending injury in Saturday's Merseyside derby, with the Liverpool centre-back vowing to bounce back "better, fitter and stronger than ever before". The defender had to be helped from the field inside the opening quarter-hour of his side's 2-2 draw with Everton following a challenge from Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Subsequent scans have confirmed that the Netherlands skipper has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, leaving him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. *Van Dijk's injury has handed a major blow to Liverpool's aspiration...
Van Dijk Reportedly Facing Several Months Out After Injury’ In Draw With Everton
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Van Dijk Reportedly Facing Several Months Out After Injury’ In Draw With Everton

LIVERPOOL star Virgil van Dijk is reportedly facing ‘seven or eight months’ out with injury. The Reds star was clattered by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the opening minutes of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Virgil van Dijk is reportedly facing a lengthy absence after injuring himself against Everton. Van Dijk was unable to continue and it was reported on Saturday evening that he – as well as Thiago – were both sent to hospital for scans. According to beIN Sports, Van Dijk has injured his ACL – a serious issue that would lead to months of recovery time. However, the report is yet to be confirmed by the club or any other source and Van Dijk’s condition remains unclear. Jurgen Klopp was not impressed with the challenge – and was also fearful for Van Dijk. ...
Virgil Van Dijk Injury Is Not Good – Jurgen Klopp
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Virgil Van Dijk Injury Is Not Good – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk's knee injury is "not good", says the champions' manager Jurgen Klopp. Van Dijk was hurt in a rash challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half of Saturday's 2-2 draw. The Netherlands defender, 29, could not continue and will see a specialist on Sunday to discover the extent of the injury. "Virgil played I don't know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn't play on," said Klopp. "That's not good." Liverpool's claims for a penalty from the incident were turned down as Van Dijk was ruled to be offside before England number one Pickford clattered into him.
Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United
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Liverpool’s Salah reflects on performance vs Leeds United

The 28-year-old Egyptian scored three goals to give the defending English champions a winning start Mohamed Salah has stated that playing without fans was tough but was nonetheless pleased as he scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 4-3 triumph over newly-promoted Premier League side Leeds United on Saturday. The Egypt international got things off for the Reds in the fourth minute via a penalty, but the Whites responded through Jack Harrison eight minutes later. Liverpool had a 2-1 lead thanks to Virgil van Dijk, but Leeds would equalise again. Even when Salah scored his second of the evening, Marcelo Bielsa’s men made it 3-3 thanks to Mateusz Klich in the second half.
‘It was a poor game from us’ – Van Dijk making no excuses for Netherlands’ lacklustre loss to Italy
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‘It was a poor game from us’ – Van Dijk making no excuses for Netherlands’ lacklustre loss to Italy

The Liverpool defender saw his side fall in Amsterdam, much to his frustration Virgil van Dijk felt the Netherlands were suitably punished for a poor performance as they lost 1-0 to Italy in Monday's Nations League clash. A header from Nicolo Barella secured victory for the Azzurri in Amsterdam and sent them top of Group A1, a point above the Oranje. The home side kept Italy penned back in the closing minutes but created little by way of clear-cut chances, Manchester United's Donny van de Beek coming closest with a half-volley that was superbly saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Jordan Henderson, De Bruyne, Van Dijk and others shortlisted
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PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Jordan Henderson, De Bruyne, Van Dijk and others shortlisted

A six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year has now been announced and the list was dominated by Premier League champions, Liverpool. Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all in contention for the award with the Liverpool quartet joined by two Manchester City stars, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne remain the favourites for the honour with the winner to be announced next Tuesday. Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold also made the six-man list for the Young Player of the Year award and will battle it out against Manchester United strikers Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
Virgil Van Dijk Sends Donny Van De Beek Message After Completing Man United Transfer
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Virgil Van Dijk Sends Donny Van De Beek Message After Completing Man United Transfer

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has told Donny Van de Beek that he is glad he switched from Ajax to Manchester United. The 23-year-old’s move to Old Trafford is imminent after completing his medical with Man United on Monday. Van de Beek will sign a five-year deal with the Red Devils after United agreed to pay Ajax €40million plus €5million add ons. The midfielder’s paperwork with Ajax is a success and his medical with Man United went smooth. The Netherlands international is expected to be unveiled as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s player this week. While the Reds are taking their time to announce their first summer signing and Solskjaer’s sixth signing, van Dijk has kept rivalry aside to laud his compatriot of his move to Old Trafford. “It’s a nice step for him to move to a ...
Virgil Van Dijk Is The Only Liverpool Player To Make European Team Of The Season
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Virgil Van Dijk Is The Only Liverpool Player To Make European Team Of The Season

 Virgil van Dijk has surprisingly been named as the only Liverpool star to make WhoScored's European Team of the Season. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side were in scintillating form last season en route to capturing the Premier League title. But Van Dijk, who has been instrumental in the Reds' success since he signed in 2018, was described as "exceptional" by WhoScored. The publication revealed that the 29-year-old Dutch centre-back "made more accurate passes (2903) than any other player to feature at the heart of the defence." WhoScored's Team of the Season lines up in a 4-4-2 formation and only features players from Europe's top five leagues. Brescia's Jesse Joronen earned a 7.01 rating and locked his place down between the sticks. Ahead of Joronen is the centre-b...
Premier League win can take some Liverpool players to the next level – Van Dijk
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Premier League win can take some Liverpool players to the next level – Van Dijk

The Dutch defender believes more silverware is just what some of his teammates need to shine even brighter Virgil van Dijk believes winning the Premier League could take some Liverpool players to the next level as he warned the club are desperate to carry good momentum into next season. The Reds return to action on Sunday against Everton and need just two more wins to wrap up the league title after an almost perfect campaign. Jurgen Klopp's side have dropped just four points in the league this season and boast the best defence in the competition.
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Van Dijk rejects PSG to sign record-breaking Liverpool deal

  Virgil van Dijk has rebuffed interest from Paris Saint-Germain in order to stay at Liverpool, claims the Sun. The defender will be rewarded for his loyalty with a new five-year deal worth £220,000-a-week, making him the Reds highest-paid player in club history.
‘Liverpool don’t need much, just a better Origi’ – Carragher not expecting big spend from Klopp
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‘Liverpool don’t need much, just a better Origi’ – Carragher not expecting big spend from Klopp

The Reds legend admits there is little room for improvement in a star-studded squad, with another forward likely to top a short shopping list Liverpool are unlikely to spend big in the next transfer window, admits Jamie Carragher, with “a better Divock Origi” likely to be the only entry on Jurgen Klopp’s wish list. The Reds have found considerable value in their recent forays into a difficult market. Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane have all become star turns at Anfield, while the hope is that January arrival Takumi Minamino will soon justify the faith shown in him.
‘Liverpool depend on Van Dijk, not front three’ – Dutch defender is Reds’ most valuable asset, says Owen
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‘Liverpool depend on Van Dijk, not front three’ – Dutch defender is Reds’ most valuable asset, says Owen

The former frontman believes that for all of the attacking quality available to Jurgen Klopp, it is a centre-half that they cannot do without Virgil van Dijk is more important to Liverpool than Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, says Michael Owen, with the Dutch defender considered to be the most integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Big money has been invested by the Reds in piecing together a Premier League title-winning puzzle. It appeared as though all of the gaps had been filled in 2019-20, with the current holders of the Champions League crown opening up a 25-point lead at the top of the table.
‘Sometimes he gives me an earful’ – Gomez reveals help from Liverpool’s ‘dominant force’ Van Dijk
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‘Sometimes he gives me an earful’ – Gomez reveals help from Liverpool’s ‘dominant force’ Van Dijk

The defender is enjoying the opportunity to learn alongside the commanding Dutch centre-back after coming to terms with the size of the club Virgil van Dijk is "a dominant force" and Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez relishes being able to play alongside him. Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Premier League's best defence, with the former having overcome significant injury problems to establish himself in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI. Van Dijk arrived at Anfield in January 2018 as the world's most expensive defender, a record that has since been surpassed by Harry Maguire's switch to Manchester United, and quickly struck up a close relationship with the England international.
Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team
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Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team

Virgil van Dijk has named his fantasy Premier League five-a-side team but the Liverpool defender wasn't allowed to pick any of his teammates. If you were picking aa football team made out of the players in the Premier League Van Dijk would be an early pick for most people. The Dutchman would most likely be in contention with his table topping teammates for first pick but choosing his own fantasy side, for Premier League productions via the Liverpool website, the former Saint wasn't allowed to pick any Reds' players. Van Dijk picked a 1-2-1 formation with Manchester City's Ederson in goal with teammate Aymeric Laporte in front of him in defence. A third City representative Kevin de Bruyne is paired with Son Heung-min in midfielder and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes up the team. ...
Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I want to be Anfield legend
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Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I want to be Anfield legend

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he wants to become an Anfield legend. The defender has quickly developed into a fan favourite at Anfield after signing from Southampton in January 2018 for a club-record £75m. Asked how he wanted to be remembered, Van Dijk told Sport: "As a Liverpool legend. I want to achieve incredible things here. "We have a fantastic team, we don't lack anything, we have all the tools necessary to go on winning: A coach that we identify with, a versatile squad, a style of play that breeds victories, a stadium and supporters that play their part. "I would like to be one of those players that return to Anfield after retiring. I see club legends at games and I feel part of a really big family."
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Van Dijk fears Liverpool Winning Title amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Liverpool centre back, Virgil van Dijk, has said he would be “gutted” if the coronavirus outbreak stops their fans watching the team win the league. Premier League fixtures have been suspended until April 4 at least. Liverpool are almost certain to win the title for the first time in 30 years. The Reds sit 25 points clear of Manchester City in second place and need only two wins to be confirmed champions. Van Dijk told Dutch newspapers: “If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them. “Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow – no one wants to play games without the fans.”
Van Dijk Reveals who to Blame as Watford Beat Liverpool 3-0 to End Unbeaten Run
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Van Dijk Reveals who to Blame as Watford Beat Liverpool 3-0 to End Unbeaten Run

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has slammed his side’s performance after their 3-0 loss to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. The surprise loss ended the Reds 44-game unbeaten run in the league. Watford also became the first team to beat Liverpool in the league this season. It was goals from Ismaila Sarr (2) and Hornets captain Troy Deeney (1) that nailed the EPL leaders. Reds captain, Van Dijk told post match press briefing, “Credit to Watford, they deserved it. “The chances they created, they stuck to their plan and scored three goals. “We didn’t create too many big opportunities, but we shouldn’t take the credit away from Watford. “We have to look at ourselves and improve again. “It’s a tough one to take but that is football. Today should have bee...
Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award
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Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award

Former Holland ace, Ruud Gullit, has warned Virgil van Dijk that he would never win the Ballon d’Or prize. Van Dijk narrowly lost out to Lionel Messi in 2019, finishing in second place. The Liverpool defender was considered one of the favourites to win it, after helping the Premier League side win the Champions League and finish second in the league. However, the Dutchman had to settle for the runner-up spot as Messi claimed the prize for a record sixth time. Although the 28-year-old is enjoying yet another impressive campaign, which is expected to see Jurgen Klopp’s side win a first league title in 30 years, Gullit doesn’t think his compatriot will have a better chance to take home the Golden Ball. “The message of the Ballon d’Or was, he’s never going to win it again,” ...
Liverpool Fans Want Virgil Van Dijk To Take Free-Kicks After Seeing Training Video
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Liverpool Fans Want Virgil Van Dijk To Take Free-Kicks After Seeing Training Video

Liverpool fans want Virgil van Dijk to start taking free-kicks after seeing some of his strikes in training. During the winter break at Melwood, the Dutchman practiced set-pieces along with teammates Jordan Henderson and usual free-kick taker Trent Alexander-Arnold. Even with no wall or goalkeeper, all three players got some serious dip and whip on their set-plays whilst Andy Robertson watched on and gave them a load of stick. But it was Van Dijk's prowess which really caught the eye. His technique of striking the ball is so impressive that plenty of supporters are calling for him to have a go in a match situation, as he did during his time at Celtic. The former Southampton defender scored three free-kicks when he was playing up in Scotland, two of which were absolute beaut...
Liverpool First Team Will Miss Shrewsbury FA Cup Replay
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Liverpool First Team Will Miss Shrewsbury FA Cup Replay

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will send an under-23 team to play the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town. "Our situation is the following. We've known for a couple of weeks, in fact we've known longer, that it would be like this," he told BBC Sport. “In April 2019 we got a letter from the Premier League, I think, where they asked us to respect the winter break and not to organise international friendlies or competitive games. We respect that. “So I said to the boys already two weeks ago that we will have a winter break which means we will not be there. It will be the kids who play that game. “You cannot deal with us like nobody cares about it. I know that it's not very popular but that's the way I see it. “The Premier League asked us...
Fireboy DML Reveals Favorite Subject In School
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Fireboy DML Reveals Favorite Subject In School

Rave of the moment and undoubtedly one of the talented new kids in the Nigeria music industry, Ademola Adefolahan, popular known as Fireboy DML has revealed that back then in secondary school, his favorite subject was Literature-in-English. The Jealous singer made the statement on popular social media platform, Twitter when he had a question and answer session with his ever growing fans that are known as “Fire city”. One of the fans asked the English Language graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) what his favorite subject was in secondary school, Fireboy said that, “literature-in-English always and forever”. Fireboy who came into the limelight in the early part of 2019 after releasing his award winning hit single “Jealous”, which enjoyed airplay on all radio and telev...
Liverpool 2-0 Man United: Mo Salah And Van Dijk Help Klopp’s Men Defeat Man U. To Go 16 Points Clear At Top Of League
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Liverpool 2-0 Man United: Mo Salah And Van Dijk Help Klopp’s Men Defeat Man U. To Go 16 Points Clear At Top Of League

Two goals from a resilient Mo Salah and captain Virgil Van Dijk was enough to help Liverpool extend their unbeaten run in the season, a result which now leaves them 16 points ahead of Manchester City in second position.   On Sunday night, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, coach of Manchester United played with a 3-5-2 formation, preferring to go defensive against Liverpool, and operate on the counter attack. Liverpool played with their usual 4-3-3 formation , pairing Van Dijk with Gomez, who have both formed a solid partnership in the heart of defence.       Man United were without their best player this season, Marcus Rashford, due to a back injury and it showed in the first half as Man U. played the first 25 minutes without an attempt on goal. Liverpool ...
‘Everyone Can Celebrate Except Us’ – Klopp
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‘Everyone Can Celebrate Except Us’ – Klopp

Reds supporters proclaimed their side will win the league from the stands on Sunday - and while the manager remains wary, it is music to his ears Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy to hear the Anfield faithful celebrate the Premier League title a little prematurely - as long as his players do not follow suit. The Reds took another big step towards their first top-flight triumph since 1990 with a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday. Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah scored in each half for the hosts, who could have won by an even greater margin were it not for two disallowed strikes as well as a string of fine saves from United's David de Gea in goal. The win leaves Liverpool no less than 16 points clear of Manchester City at the summit, a margin that could the...
Liverpool vs Man Utd: Van Dijk Speaks on ‘Beef’ with Maguire
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Liverpool vs Man Utd: Van Dijk Speaks on ‘Beef’ with Maguire

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, has denied having any beef with new Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire. Van Dijk cost the Reds £75m from Southampton in January 2018. The Dutchman became the most expensive defender in the world then, smashing the £52m paid by Manchester City to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy six months earlier. But the record only lasted until August 2019, when United paid £80m to take England star Maguire from Leicester City. Both players will go head to head on Sunday at Anfield in the Premier League. Ahead of the game, Van Dijk says he had no tinge of disappointment when the England man went top of the transfer fee table. “No, good luck to him. There was always going to be a time when that was going to change beca...
CAF Award 2019: Is Sadio the Main Mane
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CAF Award 2019: Is Sadio the Main Mane

It was almost like a general belief that Sadio Mane would win the Tuesday night CAF award. Few hours to the award, ex-footballers and analysts had voiced their support for Mane. His Liverpool team-mate Mohammed Salah stayed back in the UK to train. Several miles away from him, Riyad Mahrez and co were running rings around Manchester United in a Carabao Cup semi-final. Of the three final nominees, Mane sat alone in the Citadel Azure, in the city of Hurghada in Egypt. In 2019, he stood alone, out by himself, as the best African footballer. Mane enjoyed a brilliant year with both Senegal and Liverpool. He helped the Teranga Lions to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where they eventually lost to Algeria. Last season, t...
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Kouyate Gives Reason Why Messi Won 2019 Ballon D’or Ahead Of Mane

Senegal midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, has said his team-mate Sadio Mane was overlooked for the Ballon d’Or, because he is African. Mane finished in fourth at the event on Monday, behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine 2019, scoring 54 goals for club and country last term, as he helped Liverpool to the Champions League. Mane also led Senegal to second place at AFCON and Kouyate insists his teammate would have landed the award had he not been African. “For me this Ballon D’or is for Sadio Mane, there is no doubt about that. “Listen, if Sadio was a Brazilian or a European there would not have been no debate. “It would have been him for the award straight away and it’s not because I play with him at international level...
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Four Liverpool stars make Ballon d’Or top 10 alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi was the biggest winner of the night after he picked up his sixth Ballon d'Or trophy. But four Liverpool players dominated the Ballon d'Or top10 list after their Champions League success and sensational form last season. Three other Liverpool players (Roberto Firmino, Alexander Arnold and Gini Wijnadum) were included in the first 20 names revealed on Monday afternoon. Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk were all named in the top 10. The Liverpool stars were also joined in the top 10 by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017. Manchester City stars Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are also included, along with Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Muni...
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister calls out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk over his joke about the Juventus striker at Ballon d’Or awards

Katia Aveiro, the sister of Cristiano Ronaldo has put Liverpool's defender Virgil van Dijk on blast over his joke about the Juventus striker at the Ballon d’Or awards on Monday night. Ronaldo failed to show up for the ceremony in Paris and instead attended the 2019 Gran Gala del Calcio gala in Milan to collect his ‘Best Player in Serie A’ award. When Van Dijk was being interviewed by Dutch television station RTL7 before the Ballon d’Or gala, the interviewer pointed out to Van Dijk that Ronaldo’s absence meant that he had one less rival to contend with for the Ballon d’Or award and the Liverpool defender replied: ‘Was he a rival then?’ Well, this didn't go down well for Ronaldo's sister Katia, who has now slammed Van Dijk in a lengthy rant on Instagram. ‘I think there are pe...
The Top Ten Ballon D’or Finalists
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The Top Ten Ballon D’or Finalists

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the leading contenders to lift the coveted 2019 Ballon d’Or trophy in Paris on Monday night. Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time but inspirational Liverpool defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition. Van Dijk was one of seven Liverpool players on the shortlist along with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Manchester City had five players nominated in Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez with Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min also featuring. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubam...
If Messi Wins Ballon D’or, There Are No Losers -Van Dijk
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If Messi Wins Ballon D’or, There Are No Losers -Van Dijk

A leaked document shows the gong going to the Argentine for a record sixth time, but the Dutchman isn't bothered Virgil van Dijk may lose out on the Ballon d’Or to Barcelona's Lionel Messi, but the Liverpool man insists there are no losers amongst the nominees. The Netherlands international was immense in leading Liverpool to last season’s Champions League and could become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006. A leaked document shows Messi winning the award for a record sixth time, pipping Van Dijk and Anfield team-mate Mohamed Salah. However the Dutch centre-half won’t be upset if the document proves accurate, as he believes everyone in the room when the award is announced will be a winner.  
Kylian Mbappe Backed Lionel Messi To Win Ballon D’or
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Kylian Mbappe Backed Lionel Messi To Win Ballon D’or

The French man and Paris Saint-German player said that the Barcelona captain Lionel Messi deserves to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Both Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are on the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious award, with the winner set to be announced at a ceremony in Paris in December. The Barcelona player was named the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in September, finishing ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Christiano Ronaldo. However, the Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Player of the year in August. The trio are the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or and Mbappe says he thinks the Barcelona captain Lionel Messi should be given the Ballon d’Or. The Paris Saint-German player told Der Spiegel: ”Messi, in individual terms, was the best player this year...
Not Ronaldo, Not Messi, Eden Hazard Reveals His 2019 Ballon D’or Picks
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Not Ronaldo, Not Messi, Eden Hazard Reveals His 2019 Ballon D’or Picks

Real Madrid's Belgian forward Eden Hazard has revealed the players he chose for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award Much awaited 2019 Ballon d'Or is just some weeks away. A week later the football arena will crown the best player of the year with players as well as football pundits jointly casting their individual votes. Amid all the buzz around the Ballon d'Or, Real Madrid star forward Eden Hazard has revealed his own picks for the coveted award of the year. Hazard stated that the award for 2019 Ballon d'Or must be awarded to a UEFA Champions League winning team Liverpool star and thus he picked Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk, and Mohamed Salah as the contenders for the coveted trophy. According to Real Madrid star Hazard to Le Parisien. "I would give it to a Liverpool player." "Man...
Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d’Or – Jürgen Klopp
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Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d’Or – Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or in recognition of his unparalleled form throughout last season. Van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for the game’s most prestigious individual honour, with the recipient to be revealed at a ceremony next Monday. The No.4 was a near-ever-present as the Reds ended 2018-19 as champions of Europe and having amassed a club-record total of 97 points in the Premier League. Peerless performances led to Van Dijk being crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season - and his manager has backed the Netherlands captain to be honoured further next week. “If you give the Ballon d'Or to the best player of this generation then you ...
Liverpool VS Man City: 3 Key Battles Featuring Mane, De Bruyne, Van Dijk, Sterling
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Liverpool VS Man City: 3 Key Battles Featuring Mane, De Bruyne, Van Dijk, Sterling

The champions of Europe will meet the champions of England on Sunday, where the Reds will be presented with the opportunity to extend their lead atop of the Premier League table to nine points. For the neutral, this is just about the best fixture you could ask for. The two most entertaining teams in England go head to head at Anfield this weekend, in what promises to be a thrilling clash. Both sides overturned 1-0 deficits to eventually win 2-1 last weekend, meaning Liverpool remain six points clear at the top. Sunday’s game will see various key battles takes place across the pitch, and the victor of each individual tussle could have a major bearing on the eventual outcome. Dockaysworld selects three that stand out. Sadio Mane vs Kyle Walker Recall during the last ...
Neymar & Luka Modric excluded from 30 man Ballon D’or shortlist as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk top nominations
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Neymar & Luka Modric excluded from 30 man Ballon D’or shortlist as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk top nominations

PSG/Brazil star Neymar Jr. and last year's Ballon D'or winner Luka Modric have been excluded from the 2019 Ballon D'or nominee list released Monday night with favorite Virgil Van Dijk competing against Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the France Football organized award. The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by the French magazine, France Football, since 1956 and sees their editorial staff put together the initial 30-man shortlist. Modric beat Messi and Ronaldo to last year's gong following his impressive run at the FIFA 2018 World Cup and Real Madrid's Champions League win but his omission this year makes him the first player in history to miss out on nomination the following year after winning it. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was included on the 30-strong shortlist, a...
Rashford Makes Virgil Van Dijk Crawl On The Pitch. See Reactions
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Rashford Makes Virgil Van Dijk Crawl On The Pitch. See Reactions

A video is making rounds as Nigerians make mockery of Virgil van Dijk as Rashford of Manchester United dribbles him on the pitch, during the last ManU Vs Liv match yesterday. In the video of Van Dijk, he was chasing the ball so fast behind Rashford that he could not make a stop when Rashford suddenly stopped the ball, in the bid to go after Rashford he falls to the ground uncontrollably and tries stopping him while crawling on the field. Is this your Van Dijk? ??? Rashford made him crawl like a toddler ??#MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/jLJjltFkeU — ??armah ひ (@awww_ghostTears) October 20, 2019
How Hee-chan Dribbled Van Dijk To Score Against Liverpool (Video)
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How Hee-chan Dribbled Van Dijk To Score Against Liverpool (Video)

Here is the shocking moment RB Salzburg striker Hwang Hee-Chan sent Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk back home shops on Wednesday with a superb piece of skill in the final third. The South Korean forward gave one of the world's best centre-back's a real headache towards the end of the second half, turning him inside out before netting a great goal to make it 1-3. Van Dijk, who went 55 Premier League games in a row without being dribbled past, could only stand and watch as Hee-Chan slotted past Adrian in the Liverpool net. Hee-Chan actually became the first player to score at Anfield in the Champions League since match day one of the 2018/19 season, ending their run of five clean sheets. Liverpool went into the break with a 3-1 lead after goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robe...
Sadio Mane Doesn’t ‘Know How To Play’ FIFA
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Sadio Mane Doesn’t ‘Know How To Play’ FIFA

Liverpool Star Sadio Mane has revealed he doesn't know how to play FIFA after being given the latest edition FIFA 20. FIFA 20 was officially released on Friday as avid gamers raced to get themselves a copy of the latest edition of the EA Sports series. Yet the company were on hand to provide every member of the Liverpool squad with their own edition, which included a copy of their own FIFA Ultimate Team card. Virgil van Dijk did the honours of handing them out at Melwood in a special video released on the club’s Twitter account. Yet as the Dutchman handed Mane his copy, the Senegal star revealed he does not know how to play the game. Van Dijk said to Mane: “[Are] You happy with the rating? “Look, 88. It’s okay? 94 pace.” Despite being unfamiliar with the game, Mane...
FIFA Awards: Captains And Coaches Claim They Did Not Vote For Messi
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FIFA Awards: Captains And Coaches Claim They Did Not Vote For Messi

FIFA vote-rigging storm: Captains and coaches claim they DID NOT vote for Lionel Messi for The Best award - and now FIFA reveal Egypt's vote for Salah was rejected because it was written in CAPITAL LETTERS FIFA's prestigious The Best awards have been struck by a vote rigging storm amid claims indicating the ballot was rigged — with the governing body suggesting Egypt's votes were left out after the signatures were written in capital letters. Lionel Messi walked away with the best men's player accolade at the glitzy ceremony in Milan on Monday, pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award. Given Van Dijk's remarkable season at Liverpool, where he led the club to their sixth Champions League title, and Ronaldo's excellent campaign at Juventus - Messi's winning award ...
FIFA Best Awards: FIFA Denies Claims Of Vote Rigging For Lionel Messi Award
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FIFA Best Awards: FIFA Denies Claims Of Vote Rigging For Lionel Messi Award

World Football Governing Body FIFA has denied claims that votes for Lionel Messi to win the Best Player Award were rigged. Lionel Messi walked away with the best men's player accolade at the glitzy ceremony in Milan on Monday, pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award. Given Van Dijk's remarkable season at Liverpool and Ronaldo's excellent campaign at Juventus - Messi winning the award was met with a degree of surprise. FIFA determines the best players based on the votes of national team coaches, captains as well as a journalist from each country. But Messi's claim to the honour has been thrown into doubt following after Egyptian football association and Nicaragua's captain Juan Barrera raised concerns over the authenticity of the ballots - citing uncounted...
Voting Breakdown: Messi Votes For Ronaldo But Not Vice Versa, Both Snub Van Dijk
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Voting Breakdown: Messi Votes For Ronaldo But Not Vice Versa, Both Snub Van Dijk

FIFA have published the voting breakdown of the Best FIFA Men's Player award. Who voted for whom? Players and coaches were asked to name their top three players in the world from a shortlist selected by FIFA. The first player receives five points, the second three and the third one. Messi gave his three picks to Mane, Ronaldo and De Jong in the vote. However, Ronaldo didn't vote for Messi as his three picks were De Ligt, De Jong and Mbappe. Both players did not vote for Van Dijk but Van Dijk chose Messi as his first pick. And other players? Check down below… Voting Breakdown Messi: Mane, Ronaldo, De Jong Hazard: Mane, Van Dijk, Messi Alves: Messi, Mane, Van Dijk Modric: Ronaldo, Hazard, Messi Kane: Messi, Van Dijk, Ronaldo Lloris: Messi, Ronaldo, Mb...
FIFA Angry With Cristiano Ronaldo For Snubbing The Best Awards
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FIFA Angry With Cristiano Ronaldo For Snubbing The Best Awards

FIFA is furious with Cristiano Ronaldo, over his failure to turn up at The Best awards gala in Milan on Monday night, Marca reports. Ronaldo had been on a three-man shortlist for the award, along with Messi and Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk. The Portugal captain was also in the running to be named in this year’s World XI. It is understood that FIFA staff had expected Ronaldo to be present at the awards. They thought he was coming along with teammate Matthijs de Ligt as late as Monday afternoon. The world football governing body is now disappointed with Ronaldo for the no-show, especially as he is now based in Turin, which is 150km from Milan. It is believed that Ronaldo’s decision not to attend, pointed to him knowing that it was Messi who had won the award, alth...