Virgil van Dijk’s 50-game dribbling record ended during win against Arsenal

Virgil van Dijk’s 50-game dribbling record ended during win against Arsenal

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk saw one of his most impressive defensive records ended during Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Arsenal, when Nicolas Pepe dribbled past the Dutchman.

New Arsenal signing Pepe took the ball past van Dijk during the first half of the game at Anfield to end a 50-game run stretching back 539 days.

The record had become something of an indicator of just how good a signing van Dijk has been for the Reds since his £75 million move from Southampton in 2018.

However, Liverpool fans made sure to point out that the reaction to the record ending only goes to show how colossal a player VVD has become for them.

“Van dijk is gargantuan,” one supporter tweeted.

An encouraging first 40 minutes was about as good as it got for Arsenal however, with Liverpool blowing the north London side away thanks to a Joel Matip header and a Mohamed Salah brace.

The Reds conceded late on, but maintained their lead to stay top of the league.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Alexander-Arnold enters Guinness Book of World RecordsAlexander-Arnold enters Guinness Book of World Records

A timeline of Fenway Sports Group’s Liverpool ownershipA timeline of Fenway Sports Group’s Liverpool ownership

Klopp well on the way to building long-lasting Liverpool legacy – KrawietzKlopp well on the way to building long-lasting Liverpool legacy – Krawietz

Mohamed Salah escapes serious injury but will be monitored by LiverpoolMohamed Salah escapes serious injury but will be monitored by Liverpool


More in this Section

Ireland V Denmark: Player ratingsIreland V Denmark: Player ratings

Derby duo avoid jail sentenceDerby duo avoid jail sentence

Rodrigo’s late blast fires Spain to finalsRodrigo’s late blast fires Spain to finals

Kenny blasts ref as Irish unbeaten run endsKenny blasts ref as Irish unbeaten run ends


Lifestyle

Munster offers so many hidden gems with bargains, ideas and must-have products for the interiors enthusiast who is always on the lookout for something new, writes Carol O’Callaghan.Made in Munster: So many treasure troves for the interiors enthusiast

Aileen Lee in conversation with ceramist Hedi O'Neill.Made in Munster: 'My advice? Be free in your style’ - Ceramist Hedi O'Neill

Red lips are hot for autumn but can you make them part of your everyday makeup? Rachel Marie Walsh thinks so.Code red: Making a statement with red lipstick for the everyday look

Welcome to the Autumn/Winter edition of ieStyle.Don't miss the Irish Examiner's free glossy 'ieStyle' magazine

More From The Irish Examiner