Virgil van Dijk has admitted he unintentionally broke Jurgen Klopp's rule against touching the famous 'This is Anfield' sign before he'd played a single game for the Reds.
In 2016, the coach ordered his squad not to tap the famous sign above the tunnel until they had won silverware at the club. However, £75m arrival van Dijk was unaware of the directive after switching from Southampton in the January 2018, falling foul of Klopp as he prepared to make his debut in the Merseyside derby.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the 28-year-old said: "I forgot to [touch it] in the opening game of [this] season, but I actually touched it in my very first game against Everton because I didn’t know there was a rule! After that, I heard about it. Maybe I will touch it in the future."
Though Klopp had implemented the regulation because of his own superstitions, plenty of fortune has come the club's way since van Dijk's error.
Van Dijk has enjoyed much personal success, too, collecting both the PFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards in 2019.
Virgil van Dijk awards and trophies 2018/19:— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2019
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Men's Best Player award
PFA Player of the Year
Liverpool fans' Player of the Year
Liverpool players' Player of the Year
Premier League Team of the Season
Champions League Team of the Season
They've racked up an early lead in the race for the Premier League title this campaign, a first English crown since 1989 now a distinct possibility for Klopp and his recruits.