Virgil van Dijk’s behaviour in Liverpool wall during Palace free-kick was so bizzare

Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park on a Monday night.

The last time Liverpool faced that scenario, it ended in tears back in 2014.

But this time around, nobody associated with Liverpool was crying.

Jurgen Klopp’s side produced a professional performance to stunt Palace’s danger and come away with all three points.

James Milner’s first-half penalty was added to by Sadio Mane’s late breakaway goal to give Liverpool their second win from their first two matches.

And key to their 2-0 victory was centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The £75 million defender was named Sky Sports’ Man of the Match thanks to his colossal performance at the back.

But there is one incident during the match that is all a bit bizarre.

Luka Milivojevic took a free-kick in the second-half which produced a brilliant save from Alisson – and a similarly brilliant reaction from Jurgen Klopp.

But what was Van Dijk doing in the wall?

As the ball sailed over his head, he doesn’t turn around to see if it’s heading in for an equaliser like everyone else in the ball.

Instead, he remains motionless, looking forward and holding his face.

Did he think it was going in? Or was he confident that Alisson would make the save?

Either way, it was all a bit strange.

That odd moment aside, Van Dijk was faultless against Palace and it drew some pretty high praise from Jamie Carragher after the match.

“I knew Van Dijk was a good player, but he is better than what I thought,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“We’ve always said Liverpool can’t win the Premier League because of their defence, but now they have Van Dijk, who I think is the best centre back in the Premier League.

“I can’t think of a defender off the top of my head that is better. He’s the man to step into the positon Vincent Kompany has had over the last four seasons as that leader and colossus.

“Over the next three or four years, if Liverpool could win a league or a Champions League, I think Van Dijk has the potential to actually go down alongside Alan Hansen if we’re talking about Liverpool’s best ever teams – that’s how good he is and how good he can become.”