Virgil van Dijk celebrates his 31st birthday with incredible club records

Virgil van Dijk has been nothing short of a revelation for Liverpool since arriving at the start of 2018 and with Thursday his 30th birthday, here are 30 of his incredible achievements.

The Dutchman has played a pivotal role in the Reds’ rise to the top of world football in recent years, a transformational signing who swiftly ensured his £75 million price tag was a bargain.


Virgil van Dijk celebrates his 31st birthday with incredible club records
Virgil van Dijk celebrates his 31st birthday with incredible club records

Here are 30 of the best since he officially arrived at Anfield, in January 2018:

– The most expensive transfer in Liverpool’s history following his £75 million transfer from Southampton

– Only the 18th player to score on his Liverpool debut in the modern era

– The fourth Dutchman to ever win PFA Player of the Year

– The fifth player to play every top-flight game in a Premier League-winning season

– Has never lost a league game at Anfield, winning 42 of his 47 outings on the ground

– Only the 24th player to score on his Anfield debut

– Played every single minute in 74 consecutive Premier League games – a run that stretched from Sep 2018 – Oct 2020

– Finished second in the Ballon d’Or in 2019

– The first defender to be crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

– Did not have a player successfully dribble past him in 50 Premier League appearances

– First defender to have a 99 rated card on FIFA

– The second-ever Liverpool FIFA cover star

– Was only the twelfth defender to make it into the top three of Ballon d’Or

– The first Liverpool player to start every game in back-to-back seasons in the Premier League era (2018/19 and 2019/20)

– Held record for most completed passes in one half of football in Premier League with 77, in the 3-1 win over Arsenal in September 2020 – surpassing Thiago

– Became the first Red to win UEFA Defender of the Season in 2018/19

– Only second Dutchman to wear the captain’s armband for Liverpool, behind Dirk Kuyt

– One of only four players to be named in FIFA FIFPro World11 in two different seasons

– Has tasted defeat just 21 times in a total of 130 appearances for Liverpool

– The sixth defender to win the PFA Player of the Year across 46 seasons

– From January 2018 to September 2020, no center-back scored more than Van Dijk (10) in the Premier League

– The only Liverpool player to feature for every single minute of the club’s remarkable 44-game unbeaten run in the Premier League from January 2019 to February 2020.

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