Virgil van Dijk corrected BT Sport pundit Des Kelly in his post-match interview after the reporter mistakingly pointed out the Liverpool’s past record at the Ibrox. Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes of a pulsating evening at Rangers’ home ground as Liverpool ran out 7-1 winners.
As a former Celtic defender, the victory would have been even sweeter for Van Dijk. Kelly appeared to try and drop a mention of Celtic into his post-match interview with the Dutchman, pointing to Van Dijk’s only ever game against Rangers with the Hoops.
Van Dijk spent two years with Celtic while Rangers were in the lower divisions, meaning they never met in the league. But his only previous match against Rangers came in the Scottish League Cup back in 2015 as Celtic won 2-0 and Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes.
Kelly began: “You’re one of the players to have actually played here in the Scottish League Cup a few years ago, you would have known…”
But that game between Rangers and Celtic wasn’t played at the Ibrox as Van Dijk then jumped in and corrected the BT Sport pundit: “I’ve never played here. No, the game was at Hampden so it was my first time here and obviously it was a great result. A great night in Glasgow.”
It proved to be a game of two halves between Rangers and Liverpool on Wednesday night, with Van Dijk almost a bystander in the second 45. Scott Arfield had given the hosts an early lead with a neat finish from the edge of the box before Roberto Firmino equalised minutes later.
Nothing separated the two sides heading into the break, but Liverpool came out a completely different side for the second half and looked deadly in front of goal. Firmino bagged another to put Liverpool in front before providing a sublime assist for Darwin Nunez.
The match then quickly turned into the Mohamed Salah show, who came on for the final 22 minutes. The Egypt international has come under criticism this season for not meeting his usual high standards.
But he answered those critics with the fastest hat-trick ever record in Champions League history with three goals in just six minutes. Harvey Elliott then rounded things off for the visitors with the first Champions League goal of his young career.