Matchwinner Virgil van Dijk tells Liverpool fans: Much more to come

Ruben Hill
January 8, 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Virgil van Dijk for a "fairytale" debut after the defender scored the victor in a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Everton Friday.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that he was delighted to see his side defeat Everton in the FA Cup without playing "brilliant football".

The 84th minute goal provided a relief in what had been a pulsating Merseyside derby. He will not have spent an evening under more intense scrutiny.

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 worldwide on his debut.

James Milner gave the Reds the lead in the first half with a penalty, but the hosts failed to create much else as the Toffees defended in numbers.

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

Despite Van Dijk's huge price tag, Klopp said the 26-year-old had exceeded his expectations. "To score a goal is even more special".

The breakthrough came five minutes after the half-hour mark when Liverpool were awarded a penalty by referee Bobby Madley. Firmino was furious that Holgate had shoved him into the stands.

The defensive stability he provided, especially in his first match in Liverpool's starting eleven, was quite an encouraging look into what the future holds for the Reds. He will have to prove it under the most intense scrutiny, too: every mistake, every misstep, every failing, collective or individual, will be used in judgment against him, and against his cost.

The morning's headlines will be about Van Dijk, not about how much he cost, or how much of a risk he represents, but about the most ideal introduction he could have asked for.

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