Not only did Virgil van Dijk score an equaliser in the 90th minute that secured Netherlands’ progression to the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League last night, but he impressed us massively with his conduct after the 90 minutes.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan had recently lost his mother and was quite tearful after the game, so Holland captain van Dijk made an effort to console the official and congratulate for him a good performance in difficult circumstances.
Van Dijk would be forgiven for being in pure celebration mode, but proved why he’s not only a brilliant footballer but a fantastic person as well.
“He broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother,” van Dijk explained. “I wished him strength & said he had blown well. It’s a small thing, but maybe it helps him.”
The 27-year-old will now return to Merseyside and prepare for our crunch Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday.
Never have we been more confident our defence will be up to the task!
van Dijk on consoling referee Ovidiu Hategan after the game, "He broke down,stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother. I wished him strength & said he had refereed well. It's a small thing,but maybe it helps him."
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