Watch Virgil van Dijk celebrate Mo Salah's goal against Brighton before Liverpool star even kicks ball

VIRGIL VAN DIJK celebrated Mo Salah's goal against Brighton before the ball even hit the back of the net.

The Liverpool defender, 30, was so confident in his team-mate's ability he raised his arms in preparation for the celebration.

And when Salah smashed his penalty down the middle to double Liverpool's lead Van Dijk could finish off his celebration.

That wrapped up the three points for Liverpool despite Salah going off injured, with Van Dijk recording yet another clean sheet.

It is not the first time the Dutchman has celebrated a goal early while playing for the Reds.

Earlier this season the centre-back lifted his arms as Salah ran through the Atletico Madrid defence, with the winger duly putting the ball into the back of the net.

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And in another Champions League game in 2019, against Porto, Van Dijk did the same celebration as Salah ran through on goal.

It is a familiar scene and Salah never makes his team-mate look silly, such is his clinical nature in front of goal.

Liverpool fans loved Van Dijk's antics, with one writing on Twitter: "Big Virgil knew what Salah was going to do."

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Another added: "Virgil here 😂."

A third said: "Love when Virg does this."

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