An ardent Liverpool Football Club supporter is hoping to inspire the club’s injured centre back, Virgil Van Dijk in his quest to recover from a serious ACL injury.
James Clough, 29, Head of Special Projects at Kahn Design, said he would like to gift the Defender the prestigious NO 4 number plate should the club captain somehow make a comeback before the season ends.
The club have not put a timescale on Van Dijk's recovery, but the nature of his injury means it is likely he could miss the rest of the season.
Despite the lengthy lay-off, The Lake District based Liverpool fan is hoping the Liverpool talisman remains positive about his rehabilitation and returns stronger than ever.
He also hopes Van Dijk is able to take him up on his offer and be able to match the shirt on the defender’s back with the registration plate when he turns out for the Premier League champions.
“He is such an inspiration to the players and fans with his world class leadership and ability. When he is on the pitch, we look absolutely unstoppable.”
“To me, he is the best number 4 in the world, so naturally this plate would be better suited to him than anyone. As soon as I saw the registration, I approached our CEO, Afzal Kahn, with the idea. I hope my gesture possibly helps cheer him up during what must be a very difficult time.”
Van Dijk recently vowed to return from injury 'better, fitter and stronger,' in an Instagram post.
The Liverpool defender was injured after a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the early stages of Saturday's Merseyside Derby and was substituted minutes later.
The severity of the injury was confirmed when Liverpool announced the resulting damage to Van Dijk's anterior cruciate ligament would require surgery.
Despite the lengthy lay-off, the former Southampton defender appeared relatively positive about his rehabilitation in his Instagram post.
“I'm now fully focussed on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible,' he promised.
“Despite the obvious disappointment, I'm a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God's help I'm going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
“In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it' important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or the lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family, and everyone at Liverpool, I'm ready for the challenge ahead.”
The plate is currently valued in the region of £100,000 and is aptly being worn by one of Kahn Design’s special edition Chelsea Truck Company Land Rover Defenders.