Liverpool have two wins from two and things are looking rosy. The core group is back together again and fans are excited about our chances for this term after an injury hit campaign last time out. In the 69th minute v Burnley plenty of Kopites were proved right. Virgil van Dijk is crucial to Liverpool on the attack.
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
This weekend was an exciting and emotional one for Kopites.
Liverpool fans packed out Anfield for the first time since March 2020 and paid tribute to Andrew Devine, the 97th victim of the Hillsborough disaster.
Fans were in fine voice as Jürgen Klopp’s side cruised to a 2-0 victory.
The scoring was opened when Diogo Jota nodded home a fine Kostas Tsimikas cross.
Thereafter the hosts played some champagne football but the lead wasn’t doubled until the second half when Sadio Mane rounded off a fine flowing move.
The score line was kind on a typically negative and physical Burnley side.
Virgil van Dijk crucial to Liverpool attack
We were without our talismanic Dutch centre back for most of last season.
The defender was ruled out in October due to Jordan Pickford’s reckless lunge in the Merseyside Derby.
The wheels inevitably came off but we weren’t just poor defensively in his absence. When Virgil van Dijk was ruled out the Liverpool attack looked toothless.
Time and again Kopites would tell rival fans that you can’t underestimate how vital Virg is to us on the front foot.
We were laughed at by the small minded with fans wondering how a centre back can be so important to the attack.
In the 69th minute of Liverpool v Burnley we saw just how important Virgil is to our offensive output.
The Dutchman raked a long pass out to Harvey Elliott and a few moments later the ball was in the net.
We saw this throughout the game with Van Dijk often pining passes out to Mo Salah.
This distribution is crucial to how we score; the midfield is by passed and we are driving at the defence in an instant.
Virgil van Dijk proved plenty of Liverpool fans right with that 69th minute pass.