FA Cup: Van Dijk grabs derby victor in dream Liverpool debut

FA Cup: Van Dijk grabs derby victor in dream Liverpool debut

FA Cup: Van Dijk grabs derby victor in dream Liverpool debut

In that sense, what his goal here delivered was not simply a derby victory - though that, of course, was of the greatest and most immediate significance to Liverpool - and progression to the fourth round of the F.A. Cup, but time.

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.

His headed goal off of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain corner kick in the 84th minute sent Anfield into an absolute delirium, instantaneously cementing himself into Liverpool folklore; you simply could not have written a better script for the Dutch global on his debut.

"What a night", the new #4 told BBC Sport in the rapturous aftermath of the game.

"It was thoroughly deserved, it felt wonderful to be out there".

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Van Dijk looked a bit rusty with the ball at his feet but was commanding in the air throughout, no more so than when he leapt in front of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at a corner to head the ball into an empty net. "It was thoroughly deserved, it felt fantastic to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family". Even in the white heat of a Merseyside derby - and a knockout, winner-takes-all one, at that - the world's most expensive defender managed to attract attention.

"[Sigurdsson's] equalizer was the worst protection I ever saw in my life", Klopp admitted after the game.

"We were all in the wrong direction".

Photo Virgil van Dijk, right, celebrating James Milner's first-half penalty kick.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that his side did not deserve to be awarded a penalty for an apparent foul on Adam Lallana in the FA Cup fixture with Everton.

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