Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk became the first player in Premier League history to go a full season unbeaten at home since his debut, according to Opta. The Dutchman’s run of six games without conceding any goals ended with Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk set a Premier League record for most home games unbeaten since debut. The Dutch defender has not lost a game in his first 18 matches at Anfield.
Liverpool’s thrilling 1-0 victory against West Ham United on Saturday not only kept them close to championship rivals Manchester City, but it also saw Virgil van Dijk shatter a Premier League record set in the 1990s.
Van Dijk, 30, spearheaded the Liverpool defense to help secure the victory, extending his undefeated league record at Anfield to 60 games since making his debut for the Reds.
Since his £75 million signing from Southampton in January 2018, the Netherlands international has not lost a single home Premier League game (W52, D8), breaking a record established by former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe a quarter-century ago.
After making his Premier League debut in November 1992, Sharpe went on to play 59 games for United (W47, D12) before suffering his first home loss. That record lasted four seasons until coming to an end in the Red Devils’ first home game of the 1996-97 season, a 2-0 loss to Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Sharpe made his first-team debut for United four years earlier, when he was just 17 years old, in 1988. So, as remarkable as his Premier League home record was, you might argue that he only managed to keep it on a technicality.
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Over the course of his 60 home league games, Van Dijk has established himself as the general of Liverpool’s Anfield fortress in the Premier League, commanding not just the center of the ground but also the left-hand side.
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