It was a night to remember for Virgil Van Dijk, on his first home debut for the Reds after a dramatic 2-1 Derby win against Everton.
Jürgen Klopp made 6 changes to his side against Everton this evening, bringing in Karius, Matip, VVD, Robertson, Milner and Firmino. Joe Gomez retained his spot in the side after an immense performance against Burnley whilst Lallana – who has just returned from injury – played a second consecutive game. Emre Can kept his spot, occupying the “6” role as Jordan Henderson remains sidelined after suffering a hamstring injury last month versus Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain – who played an important part in the goal that saw Liverpool defeat Burnley , who was awarded another start after providing good form lately in Jurgen Klopp’s side. A 9,000-mile round trip didn’t stop Sadio Mane from retaining his place in the starting eleven.
The first half started off pretty bland to begin until Lallana was brought down in the penalty box which the Referee called down a penalty on. Milner made no mistake or hesitations and placed it easily pass Pickford to place the Reds 1-0 up on the night. The Reds continued to press the Everton area with chances but failed to convert any of them.
Also to comment with the scuffle between Firmino and Holgate, when Holgate deliberately pushed him into the stands. Firmino did not stand for this, Holgate solely claimed Firmino was racist but reports claims this wasn’t true and Firmino called him “Puta” which translates to “whore”
Onto the second half, saw a more pressing Everton attacking side. The Reds continued to press with chances but failed to convert yet again. Come to the 67th minute with several chances missed, proved to be cost-worthy for the Reds with Everton prancing on the counter-attack from a Liverpool corner and Sigurdsson neatly placing it pass Karius in the bottle right corner from the edge of the area.
Klopp was eager to make a change after this and brought on Wijnaldum for Adam Lallana. He also shortly brought on Trent Alexander-Arnold for Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke for James Milner. The Reds continued to push for a second and failed to score to the 84th minute which saw BIG Van Dijk dominate the space the Everton area and place a well cushioned header into the net. The whole of Anfield lit up with eagerness and passion. What a game to score your first goal in. His celebration said it all. I’m sure that would of gone down in Anfield folk law!
It was a day to remember to the Netherlands international. Surely a man of the match performance also! After the game he has loads to say!
“I don’t think it can get any better. It was a fantastic night,” he told Liverpoolfc.com”
“It was unlucky that we conceded but to score the winner in a derby on my debut is something every little boy dreams of. I just did it.
“I’m very happy that we got through to the next round. We have a good chance to win this [cup]. I’m very happy to have my debut, to score and to win. It’s just fantastic.”
The Reds now progress onto the 4th round will find out their opponents once the rest of the 3rd round ties have all been played.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article which was written by Adrian Cocking. And you can follow him @AdrianCocking_