It is rare now that an official will be appointed a game without at least a minor concern over their performance in a previous fixture.
That is the sad state of refereeing in the Premier League, which has only been made worse by the introduction of VAR and the failure in its implementation.
Following the debacle at Tottenham and its furious reaction, things have settled down to an extent for Liverpool, with fewer controversies in recent games.
Wednesday evening brings a reminder of a run-in from earlier in the season, though, with Brooks due to referee the clash with Bournemouth.
There is no VAR at this stage of the League Cup, with Lee Betts and Akil Howson assistant referees and James Linington fourth official.
Van Dijk was adjudged to have denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity when he brought down Alexander Isak as the last man, though it was certainly questionable whether that was the case.
A lengthy VAR check followed, with the Liverpool captain shown a red card and subsequently banned for an extended two matches for his response.
The Dutchman told Brooks his decision was a “fucking joke,” before an incident involving fourth official Craig Pawson before heading down the tunnel.
Brooks has so far refereed three Liverpool games, the first being the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Dean Court last season.