By now most Southampton fans will know how Liverpool supporters can be a strange bunch.
Before, Liverpool fans were known for harassing Saints players ahead of potential moves to Merseyside over social media or showing total hypocrisy in accusing Southampton of holding back their players from transfers to bigger clubs, while swearing blind Philippe Coutinho should stay at Liverpool instead of leaving for Spanish giants Barcelona.
On Tuesday afternoon some vocal members of the Liverpool fanbase have set a new, embarrassing standard in online fandom.
Liverpool Twitter have changed the game. pic.twitter.com/O8M1NksNuS— Andy Ha (@_AndyHa) August 29, 2017
Liverpool fan Dean Coombes claimed a private jet arrived at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport from Bournemouth only for its passenger, rumoured to be Virgil, to be picked up by a silver Mercedes which has allegedly been used the club to transport future signings and managerial appointments including Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Jurgen Klopp. Other Liverpool fans then flocked to flight-tracking websites in attempt to confirm this theory.
Same van that Virgil van Dijk is reportedly in was the same one Salah and Klopp was in. pic.twitter.com/khQyPEzSQ9— Fab (@PhilippeCouts) August 29, 2017
Scouse internet ‘sleuths’ believe the plane to be Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, which bears a resemblance to the one van Dijk was sat in when posting his now-infamous cryptic tweet amid speculation of his move from Southampton.
Whether these Liverpool fans are onto something or not, their desperation to sign van Dijk is as funny as it is alarming. Well, it’s funnier than the ‘comedy’ served below tweet, anyway.
I told my girlfriend the "virgil van dijk" ment I love you in Dutch #LFC pic.twitter.com/gLsuVoI6w7— Dan (@LFCGomezz) August 28, 2017
It’s worth remembering Liverpool were forced to publicly issue a grovelling apology to Southampton after the club had made an illegal approach for van Dijk. The Reds then went on to say they will not be following up their interest in signing the defender.
The rumours surrounding the Dutchman’s move to Liverpool haven’t went away despite Saints stating they would not be selling van Dijk on numerous occasions and that is surely due to obsessive Liverpool fans polluting social media.
Roll on Friday.