Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

For Van Dijk and Liverpool, a Winning Start

For Van Dijk and Liverpool, a Winning Start

Virgil van Dijk immediately began repaying his £75million transfer fee as he scored Liverpool's victor in a 2-1 FA Cup third-round triumph over Merseyside rivals Everton.

Van Dijk finally sealed his move from Southampton last week, becoming the most expensive defender ever in the process.

Mason Holgate was the man punished for a supposed foul on Adam Lallana just inside the area and James Milner stepped up to convert his first goal of the season.

Holgate's head was scrambled and five minutes later, after losing possession, he shoved Firmino into the front row of the Main Stand.

Liverpool were without injured forward Mohamed Salah and midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has been linked with a 140m pounds move to Barcelona.

New signing van Dijk made his Liverpool debut in a high-stakes encounter.

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Liverpool threatened to double their lead early in the second half, with Joe Gomez heading wide of goal and Andrew Robertson forcing a save from Jordan Pickford.

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.

Van Dijk, though, insisted on being the centre of attention and nodded in Oxlade-Chamberlain's late corner to spark jubilant celebrations.

The Reds will fancy their chances of securing a victory against their near neighbours, as they are unbeaten in the last 15 meetings between the two sides following their 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield in December.

For most of 90 minutes, every eye at Anfield was trained on Virgil van Dijk.

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

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