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Matt Le Tissier reacts to Virgil van Dijk's goal for Liverpool

09 January, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Jurgen Klopp has fitness updates ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup match with Everton but will record signing Van Dijk make his debut

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed new signing Virgil van Dijk after the world's most expensive defender scored a late victor against Everton in a dream debut on Friday.

However, Van Dijk met Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's inswinging corner with a firm downwards header five minutes from time in front of the Kop to secure the hosts' place in round four and induce wild celebrations both on the pitch and in the stands. Gylfi Sigurdsson then equalized for the visitors.

In addition to his incredible aerial prowess, Van Dijk also recorded three interceptions, the most of any Liverpool player, and four clearances; second [on Liverpool] only to Joel Matip, who recorded six.

Liverpool continued to carve out chances but were unable to provide the decisive touch and Everton hit them with an equaliser on the counter attack.

Milner made no mistake with the spot-kick as he dispatched the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with confidence.

The 84th minute goal provided a relief in what had been a pulsating Merseyside derby.

The most explosive incident, which could yet have repercussions, happened in the final stages of the first half after Mason Holgate shoved Roberto Firmino into - and over - the advertising boards. Ademola Lookman, Rooney's replacement, fed Phil Jagielka and the center back showed composure to lay the ball back for Sigurdsson to stroke home a finish from the edge of the area.

Whether Van Dijk possesses those qualities in sufficient quantity to eliminate Liverpool's capacity for panic remains to be seen; it will take a season, maybe more, to establish whether he can do what Klopp believes he can.

The Reds progressed to the fourth round of the competition after Virgil van Dijk headed a victor on his debut.


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