LIVERPOOL’S diversion with Manchester City has been hit with a explosve scare, after police swooped to rip down a questionable statue outward Anfield.
Anti-terror police arrived around 9am on Sunday, fearing a statue of Virgil outpost Dijk, erected by Paddy Power, may be dangerous, according to the Express.
The bookies had put up the 30ft statue in a cooperative puncture at the £75m defender being “worth his weight in gold”.
Dutch defender Van Dijk, 25, scored on his Liverpool debut, nodding home the leader in a 2-1 FA Cup feat over Merseyside rivals Everton.
However, as workers put-up the statue at 4.30am in Liverpool, police arrived demanding to see “safety work”.
Despite showing-off the compulsory documents, police still feared a BOMB may be secluded within the statue.
Four police cars arrived and systematic the evident drop of the golden artwork.
A source on the stage claimed: “The only thing it threatens is Liverpool fans’ clarity of humour.
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“The one risk was after seeing his statue, Van Dijk competence urge like a statue.
“It was a submissive attempt and it actually looked utterly impressive.
“The whole thing must have cost a bomb!”
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been hit with some bad news, as it was suggested Van Dijk will skip the diversion by injury.
The Dutchman has a parsimonious hamstring and will not be risked in the diversion against Premier League-leaders Man City.