Virgil van Dijk is dribbled past for the first time in FIFTY games as Nicolas Pepe ends Liverpool defender’s amazing record stretching back 539 days to March 2018
- Nicolas Pepe sped past Virgil van Dijk in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 victory
- Last player to do so was ex-Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino in March 2018
- Liverpool put in a dominant display as they beat Arsenal at Anfield
Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in 50 games in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield.
Arsenal’s record £75 million signing, Nicolas Pepe, was the man to find his way past the centre-back when he sped down the right wing in the first half.
The last player to achieve that feat was former Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino in Liverpool’s clash with the Magpies in March 2018.
Nicolas Pepe became the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in a staggering 50 games
Pepe sped past Van Dijk in the first half on an impressive first start for the Gunners
Despite that small success, Van Dijk was impressive again as the Reds sent a message out to the rest of the Premier League with a commanding display.
Liverpool penned Arsenal into their own half from kick-off and went 1-0 up four minutes before the break through Joel Matip’s header.
Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to dominate and Mohamed Salah made it two with a brilliant solo run and finish at the start of the second half.
With Arsenal on the ropes, Salah struck again on 58 minutes when he fired home a penalty after David Luiz had dragged the forward down inside the box.
Lucas Torreira scored a late consolaton for the visitors but Liverpool ran out comfortable winners to stay top of the Premier League.
Pepe leaves van Dijk trailing as he goes down the right wing in the first half of the game
Despite Pepe’s best efforts it was Van Dijk who was on the winning side as Liverpool won 3-1