Mohamed Salah's tumble in the penalty area was viewed as over-theatrical by the Gunners' defenders, with Sokratis becoming particularly vocal about his grievances over being penalised for the challenge.
As both sets of players headed down the tunnel for the 15-minute interval, Sokratis continued to lay into Salah, disparaging remarks which Van Dijk took exception to. But the Dutchman insists he was doing right by his teammate. He was attacking him a bit, but I wanted to say he didn't dive.
"I just wanted to talk to him".
"When we had the famous back four of [Nigel] Winterburn, [Lee] Dixon, [Tony] Adams, [Steve] Bould, [Martin] Keown and then you had Sol Campbell come in, Lauren, Ashley Cole".
"Sometimes I change [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, sometimes I change [Alexandre] Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo [Guendouzi] - it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn't give us the result on the pitch. That's what I definitely do".
"We were nearly flawless".
With Chelsea winning at Crystal Palace a day later, Arsenal now sit five points off the top four and anything less than three points in the home meeting with fellow London side Fulham tomorrow will further undermine the club's hopes of reclaiming a place in the Champions League. But it was an important win.
"Whenever he has not been played it is because the manager did not fancy him for whatever game".
"After this we can now focus on the City game".
Salah, Firmino and Mane combined to lead high-flying Liverpool to a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
"We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going".
"We will be prepared for a very tough game".