The Reds welcomed their title rivals to Merseyside in Sunday’s late kick-off fresh from a disappointing 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League last week.
With the score level in the 85th minute, Van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane in the penalty box but Riyad Mahrez blasted the resulting penalty over to spare Liverpool FC successive losses.
The draw left the two sides level on 20 points with six wins and two draws each at the top of the Premier League – a record matched by Chelsea FC, who overcame Southampton 3-0 earlier on Sunday.
Van Dijk, who moved to Liverpool FC in January, was pleased with the Reds’ performance in a challenging clash against the defending champions.
“It was a tough game against the champions and I’m happy that we kept the clean sheet, especially after the penalty,” Van Dijk told Liverpool FC’s website.
“We wanted to bounce back from our defeat against Napoli and I think we did.
“They’re a good team and we knew it was going to be hard but I’m happy with not losing.”
Liverpool FC have just ended a gruelling run which saw them face Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in the Champions League, where they overcame the French champions but lost in Naples.
In the league, they eased to a 2-1 win at Tottenham, and then drew with both Chelsea FC and Man City to see themselves pegged back in the title race.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also tasted defeat for the first time this season at home to Chelsea FC in the Carabao Cup in late September.
The fact that they remain joint-top of the Premier League and competitive in the Champions League will come as solace to Van Dijk after Mahrez’s reprieve of the Dutchman’s first major mistake in a Liverpool FC shirt.
Van Dijk joined Liverpool FC in January for a club record £75m after spending two-and-a-half-years at Southampton.
He was widely regarded as the best defender outside the top-six during his time on the south coast, and there was little doubt whether he would be able to step up to a higher level.
After scoring on his debut against Liverpool FC’s arch-rivals Everton, all lingering doubts were abated, and until his mistake against Man City on Sunday, few would have been brave enough to name a better defender in English football.
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