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Virgil van Dijk makes Anfield return to serve a cruel reminder to Liverpool fans

Saturday evening appeared to be off to a fine start following the images of Virgil van Dijk spotted on the Anfield sidelines.

Instead, by the end of the night, it served as a cruel reminder as what the Reds have been missing all season.

Yes, there is no questioning that Van Dijk has been the biggest miss to Jurgen Klopp this season. As the best centre-back in world football, it doesn’t take a footballing genius to underline a key reason why Liverpool are suffering.

However, it isn’t just the Dutchman’s on-field qualities that have been a huge miss this season, but his leadership qualities, too.

Following Jordan Henderson’s first-half injury, Liverpool effectively had all three of their designated leaders on the sidelines.

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The players couldn’t rely on the influence of supporters, either, to help them rediscover their confidence and belief.

So, it isn’t exactly surprising to see a team struggling so excruciatingly when you strip away the foundations in-which their previous success has been built on.

By the end of the night, Van Dijk perfectly encapsulated how we are all feeling being forced to endure such a wretched run of results.

Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The loss of Henderson coupled with a controversial penalty decision really typified the adversity Jurgen Klopp has had to fight against all season.

Still, if there is one positive to take, it’s that Liverpool have finally seen the back of Everton for the 2020/21 campaign.

With injuries and VAR going against Liverpool in the previous fixture at Goodison on October 17, four months later, it was fitting to see that little has changed.

In truth, that is the fixture where the pendulum ultimately swung against Liverpool.

By the end of the night, seeing Van Dijk was a painful reminder of everything that has gone wrong against Liverpool in such a quick period of time.

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