Southampton put in an impressive defensive display as they held league leaders Liverpool to goal-less stalemate at St.Marys. In a match where both sets of attackers failed to inspire any moments of brilliance, it was the defensive performances of two players that really stood out.
Liverpool summer signing Joel Matip was outstanding on the night against the physical presence of Charlie Austin. The Cameroonian, who has formed a solid partnership alongside former Saints man Dejan Lovren, restricted Southampton to just 3 shots on goal.
While Matip was excellent for Liverpool, Virgil Van Dijk was equally impressive at the opposite end for Southampton. In fact, so convincing was the Dutchman’s performance on the night that Liverpool fans are clamouring for Klopp to sign him.
Needless to say Southampton have a history with being the feeder club for Liverpool in recent times, having sold the likes of Clyne, Lallana, Lovren and Mane in the past few years.
Check out the best reactions after Van Djik’s performance versus Liverpool below:
Wouldn't be surprised one bit if Van Dijk ended up at #LFC.He's destined for bigger things.Him & Matip as a centre back pairing? Why not.
— AnfieldUrchin (@AnfieldUrchin) November 20, 2016
Be interesting to see where Van Dijk ends up as he's far too good for Saints. A centre back pairing of him and Matip would do nicely. #lfc
— Gareth (@LFCNuke) November 20, 2016
Must be said Joel Matip is looking great too, could be him and Van Dijk at the back next season…
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) November 19, 2016
Lovren is a solid CB on his day, but a partnership of Matip & Van Dijk would be formidable. #LFC
— Reece (@rwilliamsLFC) November 20, 2016
Matip & Van Dijk were amazing. Imagine that partnership. Dream CB pair for a good 6-7 years.
A fan of van Dijk's since his Celtic days! #LFC
— K O L O (@Appatakker) November 20, 2016
I think Virgil Van Dijk has earned himself a place in the starting XI alongside Matip and Lovren in a back 3.
— Lallana's Turn (@Klopptomania) November 19, 2016
Virgil Van Dijk……£30-40 Million to get Southampton to sell him imo,Think he and Joel Matip would make a great CB Partnership….
— B.E.N.D.E.R (@FUTURAMA888) November 20, 2016
Van dijk had a couple LFC players rattled. Can't wait for next season when he lines up with Matip.
— Sir Tweet A Lot (@MrThompson007) November 19, 2016
Since we love signing Southampton players, why don't we sign the best player they've ever had – Van Dijk? Man is a monster.
— MatipUpdates (@MatipUpdates) November 19, 2016