Watch: Virgil van Dijk finds Mo Salah with outrageous 70-yard pass

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Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the preseason friendly between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at National Stadium on July 15, 2022 in Singapore.

Virgil van Dijk is widely regarded as the best defender in world football but the Liverpool centre-back used their pre-season friendly against RB Leipzig to showcase his immense passing ability.

Van Dijk has been the bedrock of Liverpool’s defence since his £75million move from Southampton in 2018, helping the Reds to win both the Premier League and Champions League.

And the Netherlands international was part of a Liverpool side that thumped Leipzig 5-0 during their match at the Red Bull Arena in Germany.

Mohamed Salah gave his team a half-time lead with a well-taken early finish, but the second half became the Darwin Nunez show, with the new signing netting a 20-minute hat-trick, before rounding off his account with a last-minute goal as Jurgen Klopp’s side cruised to a comfortable victory.

While Van Dijk didn’t have too much defending to do, the 31-year-old still managed to impress the Liverpool supporters in attendance with an outstanding moment of technical skill.

With Liverpool already leading 1-0, Van Dijk took possession of the ball deep inside his own half and assessed his options. And, after spotting Salah in space, the Liverpool defender lofted a pinpoint pass into the path of his team-mate.

Klopp was certainly pleased with his side’s effort, telling reporters afterwards: “In the first half, there were good moments, less good moments, not enough movement, we need to get used to how hard it is to play 50, 60, 70 minutes – and in the end 90 or 120.

“The human body is like this, you need to get used to it again. When we struggled a little bit it was always after three minutes break we played football again, then a deep breather and play football again.

“And I wanted us to be a bit harder with ourselves, go over that point, it’s pre-season. And move more. I think we did that second half obviously.”


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