This is obviously not the biggest deal in the world, but we thought we’d share it anyway to get your thoughts on the matter!
Yesterday, Opta released a tweet stating that by definition, Virgil van Dijk had been dribbled past for the first time in 65 matches during the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City – in which we cruelly lost on penalties after dominating the game.
65 – During the Community Shield final, Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for @LFC since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018. Human. #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/24B6WFcKUw
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019
The incident occurred in the second-half – but some fans online reckon City’s Brazilian simply takes the ball to the side of the Dutchman and plays a through-ball.
It’s fantastic skill from City’s forward, but is it really a ‘dribble past’?
Apparently so, but we’re not sure this takes too much away from van Dijk’s current stock!
Did VVD get dribbled past here? Because to me it looks like Jesus took the ball to the side of VVD and played a through ball meaning he did not actually dribble past him pic.twitter.com/61OE4XcXJd
— sam (@lfcsxm) August 4, 2019