The Dutchman’s absence last season was widely discussed and analysed, a key pillar of Jurgen Klopp‘s side forced out of the team onto the long-term injury list.
What followed was a centre-back crisis of epic proportions, with 20 different combinations making Liverpool‘s achievement of finishing into the top four all the more impressive.
Question marks were then placed next to his name on his return from his ACL injury, will he ever be the same? Can he still be the world’s best in his position?
And Van Dijk has answered those emphatically, with his latest performance in opposition to Romelu Lukaku an assured and dominant one that helped Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.
And he is now just one game away from an Anfield unbeaten run of 50 league games, with the draw against the Blues making it 49 appearances without defeat at Anfield, 43 of which have been victories and six draws.
It’s an incredible return that highlights just how imperious and transformational Van Dijk has been, with the Reds having lost six of the 17 home league games the No. 4 has missed since his debut.
The opportunity to make it 50 unbeaten will arrive after the second game following the international break, with Crystal Palace the visitors on September 18.
The 30-year-old has been nothing short of exemplary and he certainly feels at home at Anfield and it will be just that for many years to come after signing a new contract until 2025.
Van Dijk is also one of only 25 Reds since 1990 to score on their Anfield debut, so he truly did start as he meant to go on.
Sepp van den Berg kickstarted a Preston North End comeback with a fine finish against Swansea City on Saturday.
The on-loan Liverpool defender brought Preston level at Deepdale, in a Championship clash they would go on to win 3-1, by bringing down a left-to-right cross and placing a firm strike back into the opposite corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Elsewhere in the same division, Ben Davies played the full game as Sheffield United contested a goalless stalemate at Luton Town and Leighton Clarkson was involved for the first hour of Blackburn Rovers’ 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.
In League Two, Paul Glatzel played 55 minutes for Tranmere Rovers as they were beaten 1-0 by Scunthorpe United on the road.
In Scotland, Ben Woodburn went straight into the Hearts team for his debut after sealing a season-long loan move earlier this week. The attacking midfielder featured for 62 minutes of their 2-0 victory at Dundee United.
Vitezslav Jaros was a penalty shootout hero for St Patrick’s Athletic.
After their FAI Cup tie with Cork City ended 1-1 after extra-time, Jaros made one save in the subsequent battle from 12 yards, which his side won 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
Fellow Academy goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski was part of the 10-man Caernarfon Town team beaten 2-0 by Newtown in the Welsh Premier League.
Anderson Arroyo was a late substitute as Mirandes were beaten 2-1 by Sporting Gijon in Spain’s Segunda Division.
They had 45 minutes to do so but couldn’t find a way to add to Mohamed Salah‘s opener from the penalty spot, with the Blues stubbornly ensuring Kai Havertz’s goal saw them walk with a point.
There were still positives to take from the encounter, but there was plenty to digest and talk about for fans after the game.Out of context Matip
The man just keeps on giving.
The reaction to a free kick being awarded against him is pure, effortless and unintentionally brilliant, need we say more?
— No Context Joël Matip (@NoContextJMatip) August 28, 2021
Virgil van Dijk will have a field day with Matip having already admitted the Dutchman is “normally one of the first who saw it and loves this stuff.” Easy to see why!Where is the trust?
The Reds struggled to find a route to goal at Anfield and with the game still there for the taking, Klopp still did not look to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Takumi Minamino – with Divock Origi not even on the bench.
There were chances, but they were frustratingly scuppered like Salah’s at the death.
The low block was problematic once more though and it left more questions than answers for Reds, some of whom want to see reinforcements before the close of the window:
You cant convince me Klopp ‘trusts’ his attacking options when he brought on zero of them against 10 men. It’s illogical
— Neil (@BurpleMan) August 28, 2021
I've said this a couple of times. I really hope that Klopp will put more trust in the players on the bench this season. Taki should get some game time. Ox should play when fit. And I feel at some points he must start these guys for rotation purposes.
— South Ah Scousers ??? (@MightyScouZAs) August 29, 2021
Feels like a disappointing result for Liverpool. Didn't do nearly enough with their advantage. Still not great against the low block, especially one as effective and wily as Chelsea's. A couple of anonymous performances in the final third. Chelsea very good defensively.
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 28, 2021
Thought we looked short of attacking options in the second half from the bench even though the squad was fully fit. Does Klopp trust Ox or Taki to changes things? Seems not #lfc
— Paul Milligan (@mrpaulmilligan) August 29, 2021
2 dropped. Could have done with that extra attacker off the bench. Could argue Jota didn’t do enough. Not Mane’s best day.
— forzathereds (@forzathereds) August 28, 2021Van Dijk might not be the same? Please…
The Dutchman started the season under the cloud of his injury and questions pertaining to how close or far away he would be to the Van Dijk pre-injury.
But we have not needed long to find out the answer. And that is that he is just as imperious as he has always been.
The No. 4 calmly patrolled the backline and kept Romelu Lukaku at bay, with his stats from the day making for incredible reading:
Virgil van Dijk vs. Chelsea
92% Pass accuracy
3/7 Accurate long passes
1/3 Shots on target
4/4 Ground duels won
3/3 Aerial duels won
The idea that van Dijk isn't still the best in the business is laughable. That's all. pic.twitter.com/Somr2CrlEw
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 28, 2021
And there were plenty of Reds sitting comfortably and bemused at the doubts that have been cast over Van Dijk recently:
How good was Van Dijk today too. Really thought it would take some time for him to get back to his best. Such an incredible player. Remember an agent telling me what a great player and character we had signed. So good to have him back
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) August 29, 2021
“Lukaku will be the litmus test for Van Dijk”:
– Won 100% of his aerial duels
– Won 100% of his ground duels
– Managed as many shots on target as Lukaku
Keep shifting the goal posts, he’ll keep proving himself ? pic.twitter.com/VYkyUPhLUp
— Josh (@KloppStyle) August 28, 2021
Van dijk everytime lukaku gets on the ball pic.twitter.com/xJCvk5mIhv
— Thiago Scousantara (@scousantara) August 28, 2021Deadly from the spot
He’s given no reason for us to doubt him, but why do the nerves still appear when Salah is setting up for a penalty kick? Or is that just me?
The No. 11 kicks them hard and true and he has scored each of his last 14 Premier League penalties, talk about consistently deadly.
You know what is not talked about enough? The quality of Salah’s penalty taking. It’s up their with the very best. ??
— Karl (@KarlThyer) August 29, 2021
Salah is such a clutch penalty taker man. His technique used to make me nervous early on but i had no doubt with that one.
— Ahmed ?? (@ahmedIfc) August 28, 2021
I love salah’s penalty taking skill just straight power no tricks or nun
— Kenx?? (@ChoppedKenxy) August 28, 2021A right-back he shall stay!
Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s bright start to the season continued on Saturday, with his passing range catching the eye once more, specifically from Gary Lineker who wants to see him in midfield.
The No. 66 was used in the middle of the park in his academy days but has carved out quite the career at right-back, and that’s where he should stay in the eye of Jamie Carragher.
No he shouldn’t, full backs get more of the ball than anyone & a bit more time on it to pick out their passes. The way Klopp sets up he’s virtually a midfielder in possession anyway. The amount of assists he gets means it would be mad to change his position. https://t.co/HXBRqbMg9h
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 28, 2021
We’re with Carra on this one!
Two days after completing his switch from Newcastle, Clark came off the bench to score for the under-18s, while Gordon followed up his goal in the under-23s’ Merseyside derby with an assist.
After a comprehensive showing in the derby, it was a more attritional contest against the Seagulls, who went ahead in the 20th minute through Evan Ferguson.
Brilliant work from Gordon, chasing down a loose ball, secured Liverpool their leveller before the half-hour mark, however, with the winger squaring for Jack Bearne to net in a 1-1 draw.
Owen Beck was among the standouts for the young Reds, with the Welshman building on a breakout pre-season as he settles into his role as the U23s’ first-choice left-back.
Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga earned plaudits for a series of crucial saves, while 18-year-old James Norris – a natural left-back – filled in alongside Bearne and Tyler Morton in midfield.
The result means Liverpool are unbeaten after three games in Premier League 2, with a clash with senior opposition in Rochdale in the EFL Trophy to come on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Derby academy saw the U18s’ league fixture postponed, with a friendly against Watford hastily arranged in its place.
For the third game running, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side netted five, and striker Oakley Cannonier got another brace to bring his tally to seven goals in three outings to start the campaign – though, of course, it remains five in two competitive games.
James Balagizi and Harvey Blair also got their names on the scoresheet, but most eye-catching was a goal off the bench for Clark, who swapped Tyneside for Merseyside on Thursday.
There are high hopes for the 16-year-old following his move – which came after face-to-face talks with Jurgen Klopp – and it was a confidence-boosting start for Clark at St George’s Park.
The U18s are not back in action until September 11, when they visit Nottingham Forest, but a host of Bridge-Wilkinson’s squad will be on international duty between now and then.
Cannonier, Mateusz Musialowski, Melkamu Frauendorf, Stefan Bajcetic and Harvey Davies are among those to have been called up.
Liverpool FC Women defender Megan Campbell has undergone successful surgery on her ankle after an injury during pre-season.
The 28-year-old suffered damage to her ankle ligaments from a tackle during the friendly game against Celtic earlier this month.
She will now enter a period of rehabilitation with no timescale set for her return.
The Republic of Ireland international joined the Reds in June after five years at Manchester City and sent a message to supporters after the surgery was completed.
“I’m heartbroken that I will have to wait to pull on the Liverpool shirt for the first time in a competitive game, especially with the fans returning on Sunday,” said Campbell.
“But it is a long season and I’ll be working as hard as I can to be back with the team in what will be an important year for the club.
“My rehab started on Friday and while that continues I’ll be cheering on the team from the touchline.”
Midfielder Evie Smith, an 18-year-old Academy graduate who has stepped up to the first-team squad this season, also suffered a significant ankle injury as a result of a tackle in the Celtic fixture.
She too has now entered a period of rehabilitation.
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Chelsea showed the hallmarks of a Premier League title-winning team in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, says Gary Neville.
European champions Chelsea dug deep to put on a defensive masterclass as Thomas Tuchel's side ensured their unbeaten start to the season was not derailed by Reece James' contentious dismissal for handball in first-half stoppage-time at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah scored the resulting penalty, but Chelsea channelled their anger and frustration at the decision into a superb second-half defensive display which Neville believes will breathe confidence into their title challenge and leaves Liverpool with doubts.
"It was an absolutely brilliant game," Neville told Sky Sports. "Before the game we thought this would be a much sterner test for Chelsea than they had at Arsenal, but they will leave Anfield confident.
"They played well in the first half and managed Liverpool, who were playing really well, but the resilience they showed in the second half is what we associate with championship-winning teams. They are a long way from that, but they have shown those qualities."
Neville added: "Liverpool will leave with a couple of doubts that they couldn't go and punish Chelsea in the second half. Liverpool at full pelt under Jurgen Klopp would have gone and won that game a few years ago."FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's draw with Chelsea in the Premier League Tuchel: James red spoiled game
Chelsea head coach Tuchel claimed James' contentious dismissal spoiled an enthralling Anfield contest.
Anthony Taylor sent off Chelsea full-back James for handling a Sadio Mane shot during a penalty-box melee after reviewing the footage on the advice of the video assistant referee.
The Chelsea head coach understood how the decision was reached but voiced calls for officials to be granted more time and viewing angles for future decisions.Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel questioned the speed of Anthony Taylor's decision when consulting VAR over the decision to award Liverpool a penalty and send off Reece James
"I don't like these early red cards, of course - not at Liverpool when we play but in general," Tuchel said. "For me it's a bit the spoiler of the game.
"Nobody I think wants to see that for 45 minutes, they want to see a high-level game and even me when I'm watching on TV, I don't like it. I have no solution now for it and no better idea in the moment but in general it is a spoiler.
"The situation itself, I can understand the decision and I'm not saying it's a wrong decision, but I did not like the way the referee checked it because for me he checked only the image.
"I would have wished for a longer consideration, a longer thought and a better view on the whole situation. Maybe he would have taken the same decision. I think it stays a grey situation and he could have maybe taken the same decision and we have to live with it."
Tuchel confirmed returning midfielder N'Golo Kante was replaced at half-time due to injury, which he says made the point at Anfield all the more impressive.
"I mean, can there be any harder challenge than going one man down and taking N'Golo Kante off at half-time at Anfield? I don't know," he added. "And having Liverpool playing towards the Kop.
"[It's a] pretty tough one but we did excellent, and we are super happy how we did and we feel like we deserved a point.
"With pure will, we took the heat out of the game. That was team effort at its very best. They never lost the shape, they tried to close the half spaces. I was hoping we would survive and take a well-earned point, and we did, the teamwork was absolutely fantastic."Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are joined by Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta to discuss the decision to award Liverpool a penalty which saw Reece James also receive a red card in the 1-1 draw in the Premier League Klopp: A point a fair result
Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was frustrated his side were unable to convert their numerical advantage into victory but saluted his players' effort.
"Today we obviously had bigger chances in the first half already, which we didn't score," Klopp said.
"The performance was really good against the strongest Chelsea side for a long, long time. It's always difficult against Chelsea, so I was really happy with the first half.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed ten-man Chelsea deserved their point after drawing 1-1 in the Premier League at Anfield
"The second half, I'm not somebody that just watches from time to time and says 'oh 11 against 10, that must be easy'. I saw five million games, I know that's really not a massive advantage, especially against a quality side like Chelsea with the defending skills they have.
"They knew the job they had to do was just to defend in and around the box more or less, and it was tricky. We could have done better for sure but it's early in the season. We need this one moment where you get through, where you can finish it off.
"We had our finishers, we had good football moments. We tried everything, we defended the potential counter-attacks most of the time really well - sometimes we had to run a bit further to catch them again but we did.
"Chelsea put a proper shift in as well and I respect that, so it's a draw. Just take the point and carry on."
Liverpool have condemned supporters who sang homophobic chants aimed at Chelsea during Saturday's Premier League match at Anfield.
Last week, Jurgen Klopp urged supporters to put an end to the offensive chants after Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, on loan at Norwich, was targeted with the words 'Chelsea rent boy' during Liverpool's 3-0 win at Carrow Road on August 14.
Liverpool immediately branded the chant as "offensive and inappropriate" - something they also did in April 2019 when it was heard widely at Anfield during their 2-0 win over Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp meets Paul Amann, the founder of Liverpool's LGBT+ fans group Kop Outs, to discuss the effects of homophobic chanting at football matches
The Reds took on Chelsea again, also at Anfield, in the Premier League on Saturday and despite Klopp making it clear homophobic chanting has no place in football, some fans chose to ignore him.
Following the 1-1 draw, Liverpool released the following statement: "Liverpool FC is disappointed by reports that a small section of our supporters were heard singing offensive songs during Saturday's fixture with Chelsea at Anfield.Kop Outs founder Paul Amann said it was 'deeply disappointing' to hear homophobic chanting directed towards Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour during Liverpool's 3-0 victory at Carrow Road
"The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behaviour with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.
"LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which has no place in football or society.
"As part of its Red Together campaign, which encompasses all the club's work on equality, diversity and inclusion, LFC strives to be the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination both online and in-stadium to create an inclusive environment for all.
"The club would like to remind its fans of its code of conduct, which clearly outlines what it expects from all supporters visiting Anfield."FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's draw with Chelsea in the Premier League LGBT+ and want support? I'm your ally, says award winner Coady
Wolves captain Conor Coady says any footballer who is LGBT+ and wants the support of a fellow professional can always rely on his allyship.
Coady was speaking at Friday night's British LGBT Awards where he was named the recipient in the inaugural Football Ally category, a one-off award being made to highlight the lack of visible representation of male professional footballers who are gay or bisexual.
The England international has been a strong supporter of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign for LGBT+ inclusion in sport in recent seasons, not just wearing the rainbow captain's armband but using his voice to raise awareness of the challenges that continue to be faced by fellow players who may want to be more open about their sexuality.
During last year's annual activation, Coady took part in a special Football Association event alongside Stonewall FC skipper Jay Lemonius, hosted by Sky Sports News' Mark McAdam, which explored the symbolism of the armband and the value of inclusive leadership.
McAdam presented the 28-year-old with the award at the event held at The Brewery in London.Wolves captain Conor Coady says any footballer who is LGBT+ and wants the support of a fellow professional can always rely on his allyship
Coady said: "I'm very honoured to accept the Football Ally award, and very flattered to have been selected amongst such a high profile and exceptional list of nominees.
"Despite being humbled to receive this award, I have to say that the support I have given to the LGBT+ community is not anything over and above what any ally should give, and is only what I think anyone in my position should be able to offer.
"As I've said before, and I will say again, I am always there for any footballer who wants the support of a senior professional, and an ally, if they want to take the next step on their personal journey to come out as LGBT+.
"I want to reiterate that every single person, no matter their gender or sexuality, deserves to be themselves no matter what path in life they choose to take.
"I hope we can soon get to a day when a football player feels supported enough to be their true selves on the football field, but until that day, we all have some work to do."Hate won't win Jenson Button, Gary Lineker, Kelly Cates, Alan Shearer, Gary Neville, Micah Richards, Gabby Logan, Ebony-Rainford-Brent, Jamie Carragher, Jermaine Jenas, Jamie Redknapp and Nasser Hussain among BBC and Sky stars united against online hate
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August 28, 2021
Goals: Salah pen 45+4′; Havertz 22′Elliott repays Klopp’s faith
It may not have been an evening in which Elliott produced a masterclass, but the manner in which he shone on such a high-profile occasion proved he belongs at this level.
An early shot almost found the bottom corner, while his general use of the ball, from keeping it simple to threading thoughtful passes, caught the eye.
Not only that, but Elliott was relentless out of possession, pressing tirelessly and not allowing himself to be dominated physically.
This is a special talent Liverpool have on their hands.Left-sided struggles
Andy Robertson made a welcome return to the side, but ultimately, this proved to be a rare off-day for the left-back.
Making his first appearance of the season, the 27-year-old didn’t manage to make attacking inroads, lacking his usual spark.
Robertson was replaced by Kostas Tsimikas late on – in hindsight, the latter should have started – and while we are accustomed to seeing him never look tired, he wearily traipsed back to the dugout.
As each minute ticked by, the more erratic the Senegalese became, falling over, running into trouble and never getting the best out of Cesar Azpilicueta.
The hope is that this was just a poor performance rather than a case of Mane edging past his absolute peak, but there were worrying similarities to 2020/21.
In fairness, Robertson’s display didn’t help him, with the pair unable to dovetail in the manner we are so used to.Credit to Chelsea
While it is easy to look at things from a biased perspective, credit must be given to Liverpool‘s opponents this time out.
The opening half-hour was the Premier League at its absolute best, with two top-class sides locking horns and playing at a stunning level on and off the ball.
The Blues’ performance was even better in the second half, as they defended resolutely with 10 men and still carried the odd threat on the break.
The Frank Lampard era is a distant memory now and Klopp will know that his compatriot Thomas Tuchel is an exceptionally strong rival.Special Anfield atmosphere
If last weekend’s win over Burnley gave us all a taster of a full Anfield for the first time in nearly 18 months, Saturday’s game was on another level.
The atmosphere was ferocious long before kickoff and it rarely let up, barring a lull after Havertz’s well-taken opener.
Frankly, it is hard to envisage such a passionate, high-octane game taking place last year.
This was what proper football feels like and it made for captivating viewing – a polar opposite of last season’s 1-0 loss in front of an empty stadium, which looked like a completely different sport was being played.
It does feel as though the world is slowly nearing some sort of normality again and this was the most normal a Liverpool game has felt since Atletico Madrid in March 2020.Disappointing, but not a disaster
So, Liverpool have dropped their first points of the season.
The manner in which the result occurred may sting for a little while, given the Reds’ numerical advantage, but this was still no disaster.
Arguably the most important thing in any title race is not allowing your rivals to beat you and Liverpool managed that, even if the performance died a little towards the end.
Granted, Klopp cut an angry figure on the touchline and will rue his team not winning – the woeful Anthony Taylor didn’t help his mood – but a draw is still perfectly adequate against a superb opponent.
It’s now time for the tedious international break, but this has been a strong opening to the campaign by Liverpool, who should continue to go up the gears as the season progresses.
More negative transfer hysteria may be on the way as deadline day approaches, but the Reds look well-equipped to compete, regardless of whether new signings come in.
Here are five key things the boss told the media and supporters in his post-match press conference:
[embedded content]10-men Chelsea just as difficult
The Reds had a one-man advantage for the entirety of the second half but they couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard, with Chelsea proving stubborn to break down.
And while Klopp acknowledged his side have plenty to improve in order to take advantage of the situation, the visitors deserved credit for putting in a “proper shift.”
“Really not a massive advantage, especially against a quality side like Chelsea with the defending skills they have. It was tricky, we could have done better for sure, but it’s early in the season.
“You need this one moment where you can finish it off, we tried everything.”A scan for Bobby
“Serious, I don’t know. Serious enough to take him off, yes. Bobby felt his hamstring, came off and we had to prepare the change.
“Bobby is [not someone] who raises their hand when they don’t feel something so it doesn’t look too serious, but you never know. A scan will happen tomorrow [Sunday].”“Take the point”
For many after the final whistle, it felt like two points dropped, with Liverpool not taking advantage of the moment but for the manager, it’s a case of taking the result and moving on.
“It’s a draw, just take the point and carry on.”
Sounds like something you’d find on a poster or a mug.Elliott worthy of his spot
It was a massive show of faith for Elliott to start against Chelsea and he duly impressed once more, ensuring his name continued to be raised to the manager.
And he continues to praise his efforts but was a little more subdued in his press conference, saying he “looked good” against Burnley and in training during the week to warrant a place in the team.
At just 18, it was another nod to the talent Elliott possesses but Klopp will no doubt continue to manage expectations to allow the youngster to flourish.Red card was harsh
It was the main talking point from the game but by the letter of the law, Reece James had to see red in addition to a penalty for Liverpool.
Thomas Tuchel would later say he had to “accept the decision” but it spoiled the game and Klopp was of a similar mind having wanted to see how 11vs.11 would have panned out.
But the boss acknowledged that few ever listen to his rule suggestions, so “what’s the point.”
“I never liked double punishment but if someone ever listened to me about rule changes then a lot of things would look completely different, but they still look like they look!”
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Following reports of offensive homophobic chanting by fans at Anfield, Liverpool FC has issued the following statement:
Liverpool FC is disappointed by reports that a small section of our supporters were heard singing offensive songs during Saturday’s fixture with Chelsea at Anfield.
The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behaviour with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.
LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which has no place in football or society.
As part of its Red Together campaign, which encompasses all the club’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion, LFC strives to be the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination both online and in-stadium to create an inclusive environment for all.
The club would like to remind its fans of its code of conduct, which clearly outlines what it expects from all supporters visiting Anfield.
Incidents of abuse or discrimination, either online or in person, can be reported to the club at www.liverpoolfc.com/reportabuse.
Reports can also be made via @MerPolCC, by calling 101 or via the Merseyside Police website.