The Reds made van Dijk the most expensive defender in history when they paid Southampton £75 million for the Netherlands international earlier this month.
And needless to say, van Dijk’s price tag and the amount of dominant performances he churned out at St Mary’s mean big things are expected of the 26-year-old.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t hesitated to throw van Dijk in either, with the defender expected to marshal Liverpool’s back-line in the combative atmosphere of a Merseyside derby at Anfield.
The club’s supporters can’t see him having much difficulty, as the majority backed the centre-half to boss his debut:
I can’t even explain how excited I am to see Van Dijk play ?
— Adam Murphy (@Gurphy11) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk is a proper monster of a centre back, let’s hope his performances reflect that
— Shawn Russell (@GlitchSR) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk starting let’s go, get that clean sheet boys
— Erjon (@Erjon_Basha) January 5, 2018
Fuckin Virgil big dick van Dijk! Cannot wait to see him play! Come on reds! #LFC
— Matt Mack (@mattmack_7) January 5, 2018
Scenes when Van Dijk scores a screamer in the Merseyside Derby on his debut
— Thomas Lethardy? (@thomaslethardy) January 5, 2018
The Derby ✅
Van Dijk Starts ✅
Perfect Friday ✅
— Bobby Gunn (@bobbygunn8) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk in red ??
— Vik (@LFCVik) January 5, 2018
Can't wait for the match to start van Dyke finally gets to play for us
— Jeremy Mulyato (@JeremyMulyato) January 5, 2018
— Ethan⭐ (@WelshyWoodburn) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk pic.twitter.com/tWy4cTzHVm
— WTK (@wutangklavan) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk to score a hat-trick and then suplex an Everton fan
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) January 5, 2018
— Ste Carson (@sjrcarson) January 5, 2018
The new dawning ??
— ⛄⛄ (@ayyjayy_LFC) January 5, 2018
Liverpool have been on a strong run of form in the Premier League recently, while results have equally improved for Everton since Sam Allardyce replaced Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.
Form does usually go out the window in a derby though!