Liverpool record may never be matched after win against West Ham
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Liverpool always knew that their indomitable centre-back Virgil van Dijk was unbeatable on the pitch and the statistics prove he might just be Jurgen Klopp’s lucky charm as well. The Reds claimed an important 1-0 victory over West Ham United thanks to Darwin Nunez’s first-half strike.
The Merseyside outfit also had goalkeeper Alisson Becker to thank for keeping out Jarrod Bowen’s penalty, which could have put their position under question, while Van Dijk was once again assured at the back, and his team-mate Joe Gomez produced a mixed performance after conceding the penalty.
It is their second victory at Anfield in the space of four days after beating Manchester City by the same scoreline on Sunday, with Mohamed Salah getting on the scoresheet on that occasion. And for Van Dijk, it merely adds two more notches to his incredible record that may never be broken.
Van Dijk has now gone an incredible 70 home games unbeaten as a Liverpool player since joining in a £75million transfer from Southampton in January 2018. He set the record back in March when again, Liverpool overcame West Ham 1-0.
Of the 70 games he has played at home, 59 have been victories for Liverpool with 11 draws, giving him a win rate of 84.2 per cent. That includes the 9-0 annihilation of Bournemouth this season.
The previous record-holder was former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe, who played four league seasons for the Red Devils from the start of the competition in 1992 without losing at Old Trafford and reached a total of 59 matches.
Van Dijk’s long-term absence during the 2020-21 season nearly caused Liverpool to derail after Klopp was faced with a defensive crisis, with Liverpool losing six games in a row at home for the first time in their history. However, since their 1-0 defeat by Fulham in April 2021, the Merseyside outfit have gone 29 league matches unbeaten – and the return of Van Dijk to full fitness has played a major role in helping them get back on track.
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Even when faced against Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten Manchester City side at Anfield, Van Dijk was bullish in his claims that they were relishing going up against the Premier League champions.
“It sounds cliché but these are the games you want to play,” he said. “You play against the champions, you play against one of the best teams in Europe with probably the most in-form striker, with one of the best midfielders, in my opinion, in the world.
Van Dijk left Anfield with Erling Haaland failing to contribute a goal or assist for the time this season, a clean sheet and a victory to boot. And Liverpool fans will be hoping he can continue his extraordinary streak for a while longer yet.
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