Virgil van Dijk saw his impressive Premier League record come to an abrupt end at Craven Cottage, all thanks to the star Fulham striker.
The Liverpool defender missed out on his best day at the office as the Reds were held 2-2 by the newly promoted side, with Aleksandar Mitrovic the star of the show for the home side.
The Serbian star scored a goal in each half to give Fulham a truly encouraging start to the campaign as they seek to avoid a third top-flight relegation in six years.
Unfortunately for Fulham, Mitrovic’s effort was nullified by Liverpool star duo Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah scoring a point for the Reds.
That didn’t stop the Serb from making his mark, however.
Mitrovic has raised questions in recent years about his ability to cause real problems for the Premier League’s top defenders.
But if you ask Van Dijk – who has been branded ‘Van Disney’ by jubilant rival fans on social media – he certainly made it to Craven Cottage.
In fact, the game marked the first time Van Dijk was dribbled past and conceded a penalty in a single Premier League game, with both moments coming courtesy of Mitrovic.
The 27-year-old was hugely impressive against the Reds with three shots, two shots on target and two goals to his name.
With 18 duels won as well, it’s clear the powerful striker will be a handful for every top-flight defender – something Van Dijk will now attest to.
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