Virgil van Dijk has left a young Liverpool fan speechless after surprising him with a signed jersey.
Rocco, a young and passionate Liverpool supporter impressed Virgil van Dijk with his support at Anfield when the Dutchman visited the stadium on the day the Reds played Leicester City.
The former Celtic defender was due to sign for the club on the 1st of January and was at Anfield watching his soon to be teammates take on the Foxes on the 30th of December. Walking into the ground, he was bombarded by fans and one stood out from the crowd – a young fan by the name of Rocco.
Van Dijk surprised the 10-year-old with a special gift. After Rocco arrived home from school earlier this week, he found a personally signed Virgil #4 jersey waiting for him as thanks for his support on the day of van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield.
Rocco’s father, Jason, said: “He was absolutely gobsmacked when he got home from school and opened the package – he couldn’t believe it. I still don’t think he can.
“He was bouncing around the house all night, showing his brother and phoning his nan, his uncle and other family and friends to tell them.
“He couldn’t get to sleep that night because he was so excited, and he was still buzzing when we took him to school the next morning.
“I really think it’s an amazing gesture by Virgil. He didn’t have to do it, he didn’t have to go out of his way, but the fact he has means everything to Rocco and to me because it’s made my little lad so happy. We really can’t thank him enough.”
It’s a fantastic gesture from van Dijk, who has begun his Liverpool career well both on the pitch and off the pitch. After scoring the winner in the Merseyside derby almost three weeks ago, the Dutchman has now won the hearts of fans with his charm.
Of course, sending kit to supporters is a difficult way to repay £75 million but keeping in touch with the fans who keep the game alive is important. Good job, Virgil.