That's the claim of former Reds star John Aldridge, who says the Anfield faithful did just that for him before he joined his boyhood club from Oxford United.
Southampton ace Van Dijk was tipped to sign for Liverpool this summer after Jurgen Klopp made the Dutchman his top centre-back target.
But they were forced to officially end their interest in getting him on-board in June after they were accused of tapping him up.
Klopp remains keen on Van Dijk and this season he has seen his team fall foul of the same old defensive problems that have held them back in recent campaigns.
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It can help a player when they know they're wanted somewhere
John Aldridge says Liverpool fans can make Virgil van Dijk feel wanted this weekend
Aldridge has now offered his advice on what Liverpool supporters can do to convince Van Dijk he's still the man they're after.
"There's going to be one name on everybody's lips this weekend, isn't there?" Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"Liverpool might be facing Southampton, but a lot of the focus will fall on you-know-who.
"Look, it's going to be a difficult afternoon for Virgil van Dijk.
"He's professional and he has to do his job for his current team, but it's a strange situation. We're desperate for him, he's desperate for us, everyone knows it.
Virgil van Dijk was backed to leave Southampton for Liverpool over the summer
John Aldridge says Liverpool still want to sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk
"So it's going to be tough psychologically on the lad and we'll see exactly what he's made of.
"He has to be, and he will be, a true professional. Hopefully he even has a good game for them – providing we still win comfortably. A few goals for us and a mistake or two from his centre-back partner would do me just fine.
"I remember playing for Oxford at Anfield and the Kop sung my name. It meant the absolute world to me. We got beat 6-0, mind you! I think my fellow columnist Jan Molby might have scored two, and all.
"I don't think we'll get that on Saturday with Van Dijk but I hope he gets a good reception. It can help a player when they know they're wanted somewhere.
"We all want to see him at Anfield on a full-time basis, because he fits the criteria of what we need."