Virgil van Dijk is beatable: Liverpool defender dribbled past for first time in 65 matches

The Dutchman's remarkable run came to an end in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City

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There's plenty of individual accolades to be won for the Premier League's top stars, from Golden Boot to Player of the Year.

But maybe there should be another awarded - to whoever successfully dribbles past Liverpool's man-mountain Virgil van Dijk.

If that was the case, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus would have been holding not only the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday after his side's penalty shootout victory over Liverpool.

For the Brazilian went were no man has gone for well over a year - and that is past Van Dijk with the ball under control.

The Opta statistics service revealed that Jesus's dribble was the first time Van Dijk had been breached since March 2018, a remarkable period stretching 65 matches. The previous player to have made it past Van Dijk was Newcastle's Mikel Merino (remember him?).

However, whether Jesus's piece of skill constituted a dribble is open to debate.

He received the ball near the halfway and performed a drag back as Van Dijk closed in. The defender missed the tackle allowing Jesus to tack a step forward and pass towards the on-rushing Kevin De Bruyne, but he didn't actually run past him.

It rounded off a miserable afternoon for Van Dijk, whose side drew 1-1 with City after 90 minutes before losing 5-4 in the shootout.

Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead, but Joel Matip equalised and Liverpool could have won it late in the game but saw Mohamed Salah's last minute header cleared off the line by Kyle Walker.

Van Dijk also saw a second half shot bounce down off the crossbar on to the goal-line and out.


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