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Virgil van Dijk heads Liverpool into FA Cup 4th round

Virgil van Dijk heads Liverpool into FA Cup 4th round

Liverpool's latest signing, Virgil van Dijk made a dream start to his Anfield career on Friday, scoring the winning goal on his debut for Reds.

Even in the white heat of a Merseyside derby - and a knockout, winner-takes-all one, at that - the world's most expensive defender managed to attract attention.

That draw has also formed part of Liverpool's 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions, their longest sequence under Jurgen Klopp, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Tottenham in October.

A Roberto Firmino incident with Mason Holgate threatened to undermine the game, and there will now be an investigation into if alleged use of racist language by Firmino towards Holgate - said the Mirror.

Liverpool were without injured forward Mohamed Salah and midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has been linked with a 140m pounds move to Barcelona.

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Liverpool has not committed up to $101 million for Van Dijk's attacking prowess, of course; Manager Jürgen Klopp was so determined to sign him that he not only exceeded by some distance the highest fee the club has ever paid, but the most ever paid by anyone for a defender, and waited six months to put the deal together because of his capabilities in defense.

An out-of-sorts Rooney was replaced early in the second half by the young Ademola Lookman as Allardyce sought a route back into the contest, though his side could have fallen 2-0 behind soon after when Gomez badly miscued a straightforward back-post header. Phil Jagielka set up Gylfi Sigurdsson for the finish and he fired into the bottom corner.

The Holland global becomes the first player to score a victor at Anfield in an FA Cup tie against Everton, at the fifth time of asking. "The pressure is on but that's life as a Liverpool player".

However, the next goal was scored by the Toffees, who hit the Reds with a superb counter in the 67th minute.

Photo Virgil van Dijk, right, celebrating James Milner's first-half penalty kick.


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