Virgil van Dijk's 35-yard shot vs Newcastle was absolutely terrible


Liverpool’s perfect start to the 2019/20 season continued with a 3-1 win against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Two goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s second-half finish helped Jurgen Klopp’s side sweep Newcastle aside after going a goal behind.

And with Manchester City losing to Norwich in the late kick-off, Liverpool now have a five-point lead at the top of the table.

"I'm not too pleased about coming from behind,” Klopp reflected at full-time, per BBC Sport. “We have to learn from the game.

“The challenge is always after the international break to find a common rhythm again. The boys have played in different ways for different countries and we have one-and-a-half days to work on it again."

It may not have been the performance that Klopp was looking for but he cannot complain about collecting three more points.

That said, he may be having words with Virgil van Dijk about shooting from 35 yards out.

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The centre-back ambitiously let fly from distance in the first half. But his effort was a long, long way off target.

In fact, we’re not even sure if it’s landed yet.

His shot was shared on Twitter by a Man United fan who wrote: ‘This would’ve gone viral is his name was Harry Maguire or he’s playing for Man Utd.’

Maybe. But Van Dijk has earned some mishaps with a string of incredible performances for Liverpool.

And he excelled where he's best with a sublime defensive effort and tackle in the second half.

The Netherlands international is considered by many to be the greatest centre-back on the planet right now.

He was rewarded for his colossus displays by winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, last month.

And a Ballon d’Or award could soon follow.

Van Dijk would become the first defender since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 to win the prestigious award if he prevails at the ceremony later on this year.

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