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Watch: 5 Years Ago Today, Virgil van Dijk Scored This Outrageous Solo Goal For Celtic

Watch: 5 Years Ago Today, Virgil van Dijk Scored This Outrageous Solo Goal For Celtic

Since his move to Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk has gone from strength to strength. He has been the catalyst as Liverpool have turned around what was a previously disastrous defence, earning PFA Player of the Year honours for himself in the process.

The £75million they paid for his services in January of 2018 was largely mocked at the time, but you can't really argue that he wasn't worth every penny. He is a better player now, but the signs were always there that van Dijk could become top class.

The Dutchman was fantastic at Southampton, but we could see all the way back in his Celtic days what a good player he was.

Five years ago today, he scored this outrageous solo goal against St Johnstone to hand The Hoops a 1-0 win. He picks the ball up inside his own half, before embarking on a powerful solo run and producing a smart finish beyond the opposition goalkeeper. Sit back and enjoy this one.

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While the opposition may not quite be at the level he currently comes up against, you can't really take anything away from the player here. He has bagged a few goals since arriving at Anfield, but has been restricted to headers thus far. We reckon we could be waiting quite a while to see him reproduce this effort.

Van Dijk and his Liverpool teammates will be hoping to finish off the season in a strong fashion, even if it looks like they will end the season trophyless. The brilliance of Lionel Messi means they have a mountain to climb in their Champions League semi finals against Barcelona, while they are also depending on Leicester City or Brighton to take points off Manchester City in the Premier League.

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Gary Connaughton

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