Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk oozed confidence in his Liverpool debut

Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk oozed confidence in his Liverpool debut

Except for those few seconds, after 84 minutes, when he wandered up for a corner, rose to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross, and ended his first appearance for Liverpool, his first appearance as a record-breaker, with the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Everton. The goal is very special for me and my family.

Virgil van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in the January transfer window, scored in the Merseyside derby.

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). Wayne Rooney scythed down Joe Gomez early on and was shown a yellow card.

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

Milner made no mistake with the spot-kick as he dispatched the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with confidence.

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce was more positive with his approach than the fixture last month, although the visitors found Liverpool's defence, marshalled by Van Dijk, resilient and were unable to register a shot on target in the first half.

"There is contact and the referee used his whistle".

The most explosive incident, which could yet have repercussions, happened in the final stages of the first half after Mason Holgate shoved Roberto Firmino into - and over - the advertising boards.

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

Although the finish brought the Toffees confidence, new Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk would ultimately break their hearts with a headed finish late on in front of the Kop to seal the close affair.

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