Virgil Van Dijk had a rude awakening on his return to first team football in Liverpool's pre-season friendly tonight against Hertha Berlin.
Former Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic turned the dutch defender inside out to score the fourth goal for the German side.
Van Dijk might be finished ya know :sob: pic.twitter.com/ZUlCEO8Yn4- Martial FC :flag_fr: (@MartialCF9) July 29, 2021
Before today's fixture, Van Dijk had not played for over nine months since he ruptured his ACL against Everton.
He was able to play for the final 20 minutes of the game yet in typical fashion there were vast amounts of reaction on social media to his return to the pitch.
Whilst some fans were joking about the Dutchman's mistake, Liverpool fans were quick to defend the player who hadn't played for so long since his injury.
People cooking Van Dijk in his first game back in pre season after an almost career ending injury, you've got to love twitter :sob:- :tangerine: (@IeeSZN) July 29, 2021
285 days since he suffered from that horrible injury, Virgil van Dijk returns on the pitch for Liverpool.- :gem: (@TheEuropeanLad) July 29, 2021
Great news for Louis van Gaal as well who will be needing him a lot in our important World Cup qualifier vs Norway (away). pic.twitter.com/VPxj8PRqPo
Van Dijk is playing football after 9 months and people going for his head after 1 mistake, some people are so desperate to make themselves believe that Van Dijk is washed up hahaha. He's really the best.- • (@The_Gerrard_Era) July 29, 2021
Van Dijk has three more fixtures to get match fit before Liverpool's first Premier League game of the season against Norwich on Saturday 14 August as the Premier League season starts to edge closer.
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