Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk oozed confidence in his Liverpool debut

For Van Dijk and Liverpool, a Winning Start

For Van Dijk and Liverpool, a Winning Start

Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk scored a dramatic late victor on his debut as Liverpool clinched a 2-1 victory over Everton in a heated Merseyside derby FA Cup tie at Anfield.

Except for those few seconds, after 84 minutes, when he wandered up for a corner, rose to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross, and ended his first appearance for Liverpool, his first appearance as a record-breaker, with the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Everton.

The breakthrough came five minutes after the half-hour mark when Liverpool were awarded a penalty by referee Bobby Madley. After a flare-up on the touchline, Firmino reacted angrily to being pushed into an advertising hoarding and shouted something at Holgate.

Van Dijk was constantly being harassed by the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney, Yannick Bolasie, and/or Gylfi Sigurdsson when he would go up to win headers in Liverpool's defensive third, but used his strength and clever body positioning to his advantage, sticking to his task well.

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.

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Holgate then became aggrieved, and appeared to ask Madley if he had been verbally abused by Firmino.

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

Evertron barely threatened in the first half but was much more unsafe after the break, equalizing after a counterattack following a Liverpool corner.

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.

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