Fabinho, meanwhile, started alongside Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s defence following injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
The Brazilian, who has played a key role at Liverpool as their midfield anchor, impressed at centre-back as he managed to get the better of the lively Timo Werner.
And Van Dijkwas full of praise for Fabinho’s display at Stamford Bridge.
When asked about Fabinho’s performance against Chelsea after the game, Van Dijk told LFC TV: ‘Outstanding.
‘I just told him as well I think he was man of the match today.
‘To keep a striker like Werner, don’t let him score, a bit unlucky with the penalty incident, but overall he was outstanding.
‘Everyone knows how good he is.
‘We were a bit unlucky with the injuries now but hopefully everyone comes back, it’s going to be such a long season.’