What Virgil van Dijk did moments before Dominic Solanke's goal vs Brighton

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Regardless of whether they win next weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid, Liverpool players ought to be proud of what they've achieved this season.

No one expected the Reds to reach the final, especially considering they faced Premier League champions Manchester City in the quarters.

But they blew away their domestic rivals 5-1 on aggregate before beating AS Roma 7-6 across two legs in the semis.

And even if Liverpool don't win in Kiev, they are guaranteed Champions League football next season following Sunday's thumping 4-0 win over Brighton.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson secured the three points they needed to finish in fourth above Chelsea.

It was a particularly memorable day for Solanke, who finally broke his duck for Liverpool by scoring a lovely goal in the 53rd minute.

Salah put the young Englishman through on goal and he made no mistake in crashing the ball into the roof of the net. Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan didn't stand a chance.


"I saw Mo pick up the ball and beat his defender like he always does," Solanke told Liverpool's website afterwards. "I made a dart across the opposite way and he slipped me over a great pass.

"I hit it... and after that, it was just amazing. Especially to do it here at Anfield in front of all of our fans.

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"We knew we had important games at the end of the season, we knew we had to get a result and we did that so everybody is really happy."

Solanke showed supreme composure and accuracy for his goal and now Liverpool fans have noticed something else about it that's pretty impressive.

As they do every week, Liverpool have released 'Inside Anfield' footage of the Brighton game and it's been spotted what Virgil van Dijk did seconds before Solanke struck.

In the video below at 8:26, when Solanke is played through by Salah, you can just about see Van Dijk raise his hands and celebrate in his own half before the ball is even hit.

Seriously, the guy is psychic.

It's not the first time Van Dijk has prematurely celebrated one of his Liverpool teammates scoring - he also did it against Newcastle United back in April.

Tunnel cam footage once again showed the Dutchman raising his arms as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fed Salah to score. It just seems to work every time.

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