L'Pool 2-1 Everton: £75m Van Dijk debuts & scores the winner - FCNaija

FA Cup By: Uche Duru | 05/01/2018

The world's most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk started, made his debut and scored the winning goal for Liverpool in their 2-1 FA Cup clash against Everton on Friday night.

A first-half goal by James Milner at the 34th minute placed Liverpool ahead of their visitors followed by a second-half equalizer by Everton's Sigurdsson at the 67th minute. Record-signing, Van Dijk delivered the winning goal for Liverpool at the 84th minute of the showdown.

The first 30 minutes of the showdown went down goalless not until at the 34th minute when Liverpool were gifted with a penalty kick that as orchestrated by Adam Lallana.

Everton centre-back, Holgate had his arms round Lallana's waist as the attacking midfielder made his to the ground which resulted in a penalty kick that translated to a goal, courtesy of Milner who scored his first goal of the season.

The first 45 minutes of the encounter ended in a 1-0 scoreline in favour of the home team; Liverpool.

Everton came through with an equalizer in the second half of the game. Sigurdsson introduced himself with a terrific goal at the 67th minute of the encounter. An assist fro skipper, Phil Jagielka encouraged the attaching midfielder to launch a low shot into the bottom right corner. At this point, the scoreline read 1-1.

Wijnaldum came on for Lallana at the 71st minute.

And something remarkable happened exactly at the 84th minute, Liverpool's latest buy and world's most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk, delivered the Kops from ending up in a stalemate at Anfield. The £75m man buried the header at the near post with Chamberlain's corner kick and changed the scores to favour the Reds at 2-1.

The full time of the encounter handed Liverpool a comfortable three points as they went one goal ahead of the visitors at Anfield. It was Liverpool 2-1 Everton.