Virgil van Dijk was making his presence felt at the opposite end of the pitch on Saturday as he broke the deadlock in the Netherlands’ win over Germany.
The Dutch captain opened the scoring as his side cruised to a 3-0 win to respond perfectly to their opening UEFA Nations League defeat to France.
Liverpool’s £75million man found the net on 30 minutes when he was well positioned to head home the rebound from an initial Ryan Babel effort that had struck the bar.
It marked another formidable display from the centre-back, who yet again teased signs of building a dominant long-term partnership with 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt.
The pair endured a busy evening as Germany went in search of an equaliser, refusing to be breached as their teammates struggled to double their lead.
Here’s a look at Van Dijk’s effort…
Virgil Van Dijk scored against Germany before, absolute screamer. pic.twitter.com/sv10NVpjuc
— Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) October 13, 2018
Their defensive solidity was rewarded in the 86th minute when Lyon’s Memphis Depay fired home from close range to finish off a quick break and double the lead.
Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum made sure there was still time for one more as he scored a marvellous solo goal in the 93rd minute to surpass 50 caps in style.
Next up for the Reds duo is a friendly away to Belgium on Tuesday night before they travel back to Merseyside in preparation of Saturday’s meeting with Huddersfield.