Van Dijk Pleased With Liverpool Debut

Beth Cruz
January 9, 2018

Klopp likened the penalty incident to the one given against Dejan Lovren for his shove on Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the league meeting between the two sides last month.

Everton, who confirmed the sale of midfielder Ross Barkley to Chelsea in the hours leading up to the match, were also at full strength.

On to the stats sheet, Van Dijk's dominance in his aerial duels against Everton was perhaps one of the most glaring facets that stood out from his performance, having won all eight of his defensive aerial jousts; the most of any other player on the pitch, with the next best being Everton's Phil Jagielka (six).

Chances, though, were at premium in the first half as Liverpool dominated possession.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead in the 35th minute by converting a contentiously awarded penalty.

Klopp felt it was not a spot-kick. "It's the same. There is contact and the referee used his whistle. It is exactly the same situation". Gylfi Sigurdsson then equalized for the visitors.

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Holgate took serious offence to something the Anfield ace shouted at him - after pushing Firmino over the advertising board and into the crowd.

Rooney wrestled with Emre Can shortly after the break and perhaps fearing a red card was in the offing, Allardyce withdrew the experienced forward.

Liverpool hasn't lost to Everton in 16 matches, a club record.

Van Dijk looked a bit rusty with the ball at his feet but was commanding in the air throughout, no more so than when he leapt in front of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at a corner to head the ball into an empty net.

"Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player", the Netherlands defender said after the 2-1 win in the 230th Merseyside derby.


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