Liverpool came back from behind to register a 3-1 win over Burnley yesterday to stay hot on City’s heels at the top of the league and equal their best return from the first 15 games in a top-flight season.
Following their 96th minute winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby last week, the latest victory over Sean Dyche’s men extends their unbeaten run in the league and marks their 12th win of the campaign.
It briefly looked like the Clarets might climb out of the bottom 3 though when they took the lead in the 54th minute but that wasn’t to be as James Milner equalised shortly after with a well struck low shot before Robert Firmino came off the bench to take the Reds into the lead with literally his first touch of the game.
The Brazilian was found with an inch perfect pass by none other than Virgil van Dijk, who reminded fans once again that he is just as imperious in attack as he is in defence with another solid display over the 90 minutes.
While the Dutchman wasn’t exactly flawless in defence against the Clarets, he had a field day on the other side of the pitch and was regularly finding his teammates with pin-point accuracy.
Much was said about his price tag after his move from Southampton but it’s safe to say Van Dijk has silenced his critics with his performances and has turned himself into one of the most crucial cog’s in this record breaking Liverpool side.
Apart from his brilliant acrobatic assist to Firmino, the center-back was also singled out for praise by fans for an absolutely wonderful cross-field pass to find Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Setting the standards for defenders everywhere, check out the pass below –