Virgil Van Dijk has received special praise from Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill, as per his comments on his side’s official website.
The Reds’ number four didn’t have his most commanding game in a Liverpool shirt. But it was his actions following the match that really stood out to Cotterill.
“Virgil van Dijk who was an absolute gentleman, by the way, coming into our dressing room afterward and saying well done and giving one of his shirts to one of our boys”, Cotterill told shrewsburytown.com.
“He’s an absolute top player and bloke”.
This won’t come as a surprise to any Liverpool fan. While his ability on the pitch is up there with the very best in the world, his humbleness and humility is plain to see.
Some players of Van Dijk’s stature may have seen a cup game against a third tier team as an inconvenience. But as captain for the day, it’s great to see the Dutchman acknowledging the occasion for the Shrewsbury players.
Further acclaim for Virgil
Shrewsbury winger Elliott Bennett also reserved praise for Van Dijk. He revealed on Twitter that the player the centre-half gifted his shirt to was Shrews goalscorer Daniel Udoh.
“Classy on and off the pitch. Rolls Royce of a player and without doubt the worlds best centre back. Touch of class coming in to see the boys and give our goal scoring hero his shirt!”, wrote Bennett.
A special moment capping a special day for Udoh. We’re lucky to have players with such class representing the club. It surely won’t be the last good deed we hear of from Virgil.