Watch: Virgil van Dijk scores stunning goal in Liverpool training

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk reacts during the Premier League match against Wolves. Molineux Stadium, December 2021.

Virgil van Dijk marked his return to Liverpool training by scoring a brilliant goal that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane would be proud of.

Van Dijk has missed Liverpool’s last three games in all competitions due to a positive Covid result but is now back at the AXA Training Centre.

During a training drill, the Netherlands international impressed his team-mates with some impressive goals, including a strike that flew into the top corner.

Van Dijk, who is widely regarded as the best centre-back in the world, briefly played as a striker when Groningen faced ADO Den Haag in 2011. 

“It was the play-off final for the Europa League, we lost 5-1 [in the first leg]. I came on in the game when we lost 5-1 as a right-back, and I started the return game as a centre-back, I think,” Van Dijk told Optus Sport in 2019.

“[We were] 1-0 [up] after half-time, 6-1 down [on aggregate], and in the second half I started as a striker. I scored a terrible free-kick, but it counted obviously, and I scored one on the break. In the end we were 5-1 up, unluckily I had to get subbed because I had a cramp and couldn’t walk anymore.

“We lost on penalties, but that day was unforgettable for me, and after that I think I made a little bit of a name [for myself] at the club at the time. And the year after I played almost every game.

“I know that with my height I can be dangerous, and in that particular game, it worked a lot. But just leave me at the back!”

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