Van Dijk: Liverpool debut dream come true

Van Dijk: Liverpool debut dream come true

Van Dijk: Liverpool debut dream come true

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 (Jan 5).

"What a night", said the Dutch defender.

Van Dijk could make his Reds debut tonight in the FA Cup against Everton.

However, referee Bobby Madley, despite being in the thick of it, chose to take no action against either player.

The £75 million signing's priceless goal sent Liverpool through to the fourth round and sent their bitter local rivals packing.

The atmosphere seemed to crackle at kick off and the early stages suggested this was an old-fashioned derby, with tackles flying in - mostly from the visitors - and Wayne Rooney booked after just seven minutes. The goal is very special for me and my family.

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Van Dijk: Liverpool debut dream come true

"It was a similar situation (to the penalty against Liverpool for Everton last month) - the first one was no penalty in my opinion and this one wasn't also".

Holgate was at the centre of controversy again minutes later as his push on Roberto Firmino incensed the Brazilian.

The Brazil worldwide charged back at the defender and angry words were exchanged between the two. The two players clashed, but no cards were issued.

Van Dijk completed a £75m move from Southampton to Liverpool on January 1, making him the most expensive defender in the world.

The former Charlton man played a large part in Sigurdsson's equaliser when he broke free on a counter-attack and lined up Phil Jagielka, who set-up the Iceland worldwide to curl home a stunning strike from outside the box.

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