The role Virgil van Dijk played in Liverpool's opener against Fulham

Liverpool FC v Fulham FC - Premier League

Liverpool put their disappointing Champions League defeat against Red Star Belgrade very firmly behind them with a comfortable 2-0 win against Fulham.

The victory lifts Jurgen Klopp’s side to the top of the Premier League table before Chelsea and Manchester City play later this afternoon.

Liverpool certainly weren’t at their fluent best but they dominated proceedings against the side at the bottom of the table.

But the Reds also got a slice of luck.

Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have given Fulham a 41st-minute lead before the assistant referee ruled the striker to be in an offside position.

Replays showed it was extremely close and he could easily have been adjudged to be onside.

If that was unfortunate enough for Fulham, they then found themselves 1-0 down just 14 seconds later.

Liverpool FC v Fulham FC - Premier League

Alisson took a quick free-kick, Trent Alexander-Arnold played the ball up the line and Mohamed Salah finished.

While the Brazilian goalkeeper is getting plenty of credit for his quick free-kick, many people have noticed that Virgil van Dijk actually deserves a lot of credit.

After realising the Fulham goal had been disallowed, he ordered Alisson to retrieve the ball and take a quick free-kick.

WATCH: VAN DIJK ORDER ALISSON TO HURRY UP

Just take a look:

That’s why the Dutchman was wearing the captain’s armband against Fulham.

LIVERPOOL FANS LOVED VAN DIJK'S ROLE

And it was something that Liverpool fans were really impressed with.

It’s that kind of leadership that has seen Van Dijk become a fan favourite at Anfield since his £75 million move from Southampton.

Not only is he a world-class defender, but just his sheer presence and experience has transformed Liverpool’s defensive record.

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