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Virgil van Dijk's first attacking free-kick for Liverpool struck the wall.

Virgil van Dijk admits his first attacking free-kick for Liverpool wasn't good enough

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Virgil van Dijk was almost faultless on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool overcame Fulham.

The Dutchman was his ever reliable itself in the heart of Liverpool's defence as Jurgen Klopp's men kept their seventh clean sheet from their opening 12 Premier League games.

Despite struggling to break down the west London club, the Reds would eventually prevail 2-0 thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri.

However, despite turning in a man-of-the-match performance, Van Dijk was not perfect against Fulham.

That's because he finally took his first attacking free-kick for the club, and it's fair to say it didn't go as planned.

Despite being a centre-back, Van Dijk possesses great technical ability and videos have previously emerged showing he is a rather good free-kick taker.

But his first one for Liverpool went horribly wrong as his effort from 30 yards barely got off the ground.

So what did Van Dijk himself make of his attempt?

He was asked about it after the game and he was clearly disappointed with his attempt.

“I need to do a little practice,” he smiled, per the Liverpool Echo.

“All the free-kicks we took today were not good enough. If I look at myself I need a little bit of practice so I'll keep trying and we'll see how that goes.”

That's a pretty fair assessment. It was a pretty dismal effort and it's no surprise that he's been critical of himself.

It doesn't seem his attempt has put him off free-kicks permanently, though.

Virgil van Dijk in action against Fulham

Van Dijk also talked up Shaqiri as the Switzerland international bagged his second goal for Liverpool since joining from Stoke City in the summer.

“He's been playing well,” Van Dijk said.

“He is working hard like everyone else and when he gets his chance he is doing well.

“He scored but he's been pretty important the last couple of games he's been involved in which is good for all of us.

“Shaqiri is a guy with different qualities and with his left foot he is always dangerous. We are very happy to have him.”

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Xherdan Shaqiri
Virgil van Dijk
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
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