Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Liverpool, September 2021.

13 times Virgil van Dijk showed he could easily be a world-class forward

Virgil van Dijk has established himself as arguably the best centre-back in the world at Liverpool – and there’ve been plenty of times when we’ve thought he could probably be the world’s best centre-forward too. 

Van Dijk is renowned for his defensive prowess, but he certainly isn’t afraid to show what he’s capable of with the ball at his feet.

The Dutch international is so good that he can afford to show off every now and again, and we’ve looked at 13 examples of the defender, frankly, taking the p*ss.

Ronaldinho’s first touch

Too easy


Dead-ball specialist

As we were saying…

Put him on free-kicks, Jurgen

If only this had gone in

Adama Traore? No problem

Usain Bolt

Crossbar challenge



Trick shot

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