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Why Virgil van Dijk took phone from crowd to celebrate Darwin Nunez's winner

Why Virgil van Dijk took phone from crowd to celebrate Darwin Nunez's winner

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk could be seen recording the celebrations on a mobile phone.

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk was spotted grabbing a mobile phone from the crowd as he celebrated Darwin Nunez's last-gasp winner against Nottingham Forest.

In the dying embers of Saturday's controversial Premier League clash at the City Ground, Nunez netted his 14th goal of the season to extend Liverpool's lead in the title race.

It was a controversial ending, to say the least. And after the full-time whistle, referee Paul Tierney was criticised for a "basic error" that "shouldn't happen at this level".

But the Reds celebrated a crucial win after Nunez headed in from close range. In fact, captain Virgil van Dijk filmed the post-goal celebrations on a mobile phone while screaming "come on".

You can see footage of that moment below.

It appears the club's ongoing relationship with Google Pixel was the reason behind Van Dijk's celebrations.

In August last year, Liverpool announced a long-term partnership with the brand to become their official mobile phone partner.

They described using Google's AI-powered camera features on the device to 'amplify fan experiences' across Anfield and Prenton Park, as well as for fans watching at home.

And a series called 'Pitchside' was also announced, which would take fans into the heart of the action with exclusive content from the sidelines, all shot on Google Pixel phones – hence the recent Van Dijk content.

Liverpool's schedule of late has been non-stop. After lifting the Carabao Cup last weekend following a 1-0 win over Chelsea, they secured an impressive FA Cup win over Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp was asked on Saturday if he still takes the same satisfaction from late winning goals.

"Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely," he said. "Four games in 11 days, come on. Five in 15. It's really tough. It's tough anyway, but with our squad situation it's super-tough.

"How the boys fought through that is really special. That we don't come here today and just play them out of the stadium and they don't find the exit anymore and stuff like this, that was clear. The fourth game was the toughest."

Image credit: Getty
Image credit: Getty

Klopp added: "It was really an unbelievable effort. The boys put in a proper, proper shift. We had to fight through this and the boys did it and if it's 0-0, it's 0-0. That doesn't change the game, that doesn't change the effort, but the goal obviously changed the result, the points and these kind of things.

"For us, it's super-important today and I'm really happy with that. So, now we have a few days longer until the next game. We need that to recharge and then we can train properly as well, which is helpful."

Liverpool host Manchester City next weekend in a game that could prove vital in the Premier League title race.

Featured Image Credit: X/@LFC

Topics: Liverpool, Virgil Van Dijk, Nottingham Forest, Premier League