Virgil Van Dijk is still making a contribution to Liverpool despite his inability to play in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich at Anfield.
The 27-year-old defender was recently named to UEFA’s Fans’ Team of the Year for 2018, and has been chosen to present $100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The ICRC helps reunited separated families around the world. Here’s Van Dijk via LiverpoolFC.com:
“I can’t imagine not being able to see my kids or that they could be somewhere where you don’t even know where they are,” said the 27-year-old. “I can’t imagine and hopefully I won’t ever have to imagine that, but as I said, it is very special that the ICRC is helping these families.”
According to the Liverpool release, the ICRC reunited 1000 families including some 800 children in 2018.