In the closing stages of the match at Anfield and with the scores level at 1-1 Van Dijk found himself having to contend with two Spurs midfielders bearing down on him on the counter-attack.
Instead it was Liverpool who went on to win the match in added time and keep their title hopes alive.
"Van Dijk's defending and decision-making was immense," says Shearer, who has included the Liverpool centre-back in his Team of the Week. "The moment he let Sissoko shoot instead of Son proved a turning point in the match."
Kept a clean sheet and made a very good save at 1-0.
Handled a huge match with such confidence and helped his team to a clean sheet and three massive points.
Van Dijk's defending and decision-making was immense. The moment he let Sissoko shoot instead of Son proved a turning point in the match.
The Clarets' centre-back defended very well in a solid performance.
He made timely tackles, a goal-saving block and was unstoppable going forward in the first half. He is having a great season.
A good goal and some wonderful trickery. He was a real force for Everton.
Dominated the midfield for Everton.
The Portuguese was simply outstanding in a very comfortable win for Manchester City.
Another strong performance was marked by an assist in a huge win for Saints.
Another goal under Brendan Rodgers who, unlike his previous manager, is clearly getting the best out of him. Rejuvenated.
A very good goal and performance in helping his side clinch a massive three points. A promising future awaits.
The transformation of Southampton under Hasenhuttl has been remarkable. Brighton is a hard place to go but the Austrian masterminded three crucial points here.