What Van Dijk has done for young Liverpool fan he failed to greet at Anfield welcome

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The arrival of Virgil van Dijk was a big moment in Liverpool's recent history.

The Reds were desperate for defensive reinforcement and had seen their advances for the Dutchman thwarted by Southampton in the summer - they even had to issue a public apology for 'tapping up'.

But, a few days before the January transfer window officially opened, Liverpool got the deal done, acquiring Van Dijk's services for a cool £75m.

His official debut was also something of a success, scoring the winning goal in the Merseyside derby at the Kop End to send Liverpool through to the FA Cup fourth round.

His first sighting at Anfield came when he watched the Reds grind out an important 2-1 win versus Leicester in the Premier League and there was a picture from that day with a young supporter holding up a 'Virgil' shirt.

But, due to his hectic schedule, Van Dijk was unable to stop and speak to the young fan and instead headed straight down the famous tunnel.

However, the Dutchman made it his personal mission to track him down and reward him for his support and what he has now done just sums him up as a man.


Liverpool's official website write: "However, Van Dijk asked club staff to help him track down the youngster so he could personally thank him for his support and the welcome he gave him at Anfield.

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"And once Rocco was identified and contact established with his family, the autographed shirt was personally dispatched from the club’s training base by the centre-back."

That's right, the lucky fan got a signed shirt from Liverpool's new defensive colossus.

Modern football is often quite brutal, especially with all the money flying about right now, so it's nice to see a genuinely heart-warming story from time to time.

The young supporter said: “It was the best day ever and I can’t say thank you enough to Virgil. I am going to frame it and keep it forever.”


I think Liverpool may have a new fan favourite on their hands.

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