Memphis Depay celebrated scoring for Lyon on Sunday night be unveiling a classy message to his friend and international teammate Virgil van Dijk.
The former Manchester United forward opened the scoring in Lyon’s 4-0 demolition of Monaco in Ligue 1 and revealed a message under his shirt.
Van Dijk is set to be out for the majority, if not all, of the current season after suffering a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
The Dutchman was on the wrong end of a terrible challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and has suffered torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments as a result.
With the Liverpool star set to be out of action for a number of months, Depay looked to give him a morale boost from France.
The 26-year-old showed a shirt with a message which read: ‘Virgil stay strong my brother.’
Liverpool have refused to speculate on how long the centre-back will be out with the injury, although it is extremely unlikely that Van Dijk will play again within six months.
‘Virgil was here, he’s okay,’ said Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United on Saturday. ‘But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.
‘But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.
‘In the end, it’s really like this: all people are different and so we should not limit that by saying ‘for him it was that long, for him it was that long’.
‘I think it makes sense from a specific moment in the recovery, in the rehab time, that it becomes individual because then everybody copes differently with it and each body. That’s why [there is] no need for [a timeframe].’