Matt Le Tissier reacts to Virgil van Dijk's goal for Liverpool

Taylor Byrd
January 9, 2018

The Reds progressed to the fourth round of the competition after Virgil van Dijk headed a victor on his debut. "It was thoroughly deserved, it felt wonderful to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family".

For most of 90 minutes, every eye at Anfield was trained on Virgil van Dijk. "To score a goal is even more special".

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).

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.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead in the 35th minute by converting a penalty, contentiously awarded after Adam Lallana fell to the ground after Mason Holgate placed his hands on the chest of the Liverpool midfielder.

"It was a similar situation (to the penalty against Liverpool for Everton last month), the first one was no penalty in my opinion and this one wasn't also", he said.

A swift counter-attacking move saw Everton get an unlikely equaliser through Gylfi Sigurdsson after the interval. "Exactly the same situation".

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

Tempers flared when Roberto Firmino was pushed into the advertising hoardings by Holgate before referee Madley stepped in to prevent the incident escalating further following an angry exchange of words.

Liverpool hasn't lost to Everton in 16 matches - a club record - and Everton's winless run at the home of its great rival extended to 21 games, dating back to 1999.

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