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Man Utd fan must be regretting his reaction to Virgil van Dijk's Liverpool move in 2017

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To say Virgil van Dijk has been a good signing for Liverpool would be the understatement of the year.

There were plenty of eyebrows raised when the Reds decided to splash out £75 million for the then Southampton defender, but it looks an absolute bargain 12 months down the line.

Just over a year has passed since Van Dijk made the move to Anfield and his influence has been undeniable, delivering virtuoso performances and improving the defenders around him. 

That, in turn, has seen Liverpool launch a Premier League title challenge and they sit an impressive six points clear at the top and with a game in hand.

Although credit should also be directed at Jurgen Klopp and the club's incredible front three, Van Dijk has perhaps been the biggest single influence on the side.

Van Dijk shining at Liverpool

If the season was to end right now, he would stand a brilliant chance of collecting the first PFA Player of the Year award for a defender in over a decade.

Pretty impressive stuff, but not many would have predicted should a big influence this time a year ago.

That's not to say there was wide-scale criticism of the transfer, far from it, but there were serious questions raised about the price and potential alternatives Liverpool could have moved for.

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Man Utd fan's 2017 reaction

Naturally then, looking back on some of the reaction makes for rather interesting reading and especially when you consider Twitter activity from the time.

The reactionary nature of Twitter can allow for some rather strong opinions in football and it must be wondered whether a few supporters are starting to regret their Van Dijk tweets.

That's likely the case for Manchester United fan and Twitter user @LiamPaulCanning who went viral with his initial reaction, but is starting to be mocked by Liverpool fans more than a year later.

He wrote at the time: "Liverpool buying Virgil van Dijk for £75m is outrageous. My god. Just shows what a good deal it was to get Eric Bailly for a measly £30m."

Yeh, about that. Check out the tweet and some of the fresh reaction below: 

It's fair to say that tweet hasn't aged very well.

While Liverpool have developed arguably the best defence in the Premier League since Van Dijk's arrival, United have only managed two clean sheets in the league this season.

Admittedly, Bailly has been one of the better performers in the United back four this season but he simply can't be in the Van Dijk conversation right now.

The tweet isn't an outrageous comment to have made at the time, especially when you consider how much more secure the Red Devils' backline was last year. 

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Fast forward to 2019, though, and he might want to delete a tweet that is seeing more and more Liverpool fans slide into his notifications.

However, it just goes to show how much Van Dijk has proven so many wrong in so little time.

Is Van Dijk the best player in the Premier League right now? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Virgil van Dijk
Eric Bailly
Jurgen Klopp
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Manchester United
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