FA Cup: Klopp admits Liverpool did not deserve penalty

Sheri Evans
January 9, 2018

Everton barely threatened in the first half but was much more risky after the break, equalizing through Gylfi Sigurdsson after a counterattack following a Liverpool corner.

However, Van Dijk met Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's inswinging corner with a firm downwards header five minutes from time in front of the Kop to secure the hosts' place in round four and induce wild celebrations both on the pitch and in the stands. "To score a goal is even more special". Van Dijk, whose recent acquisition from Southampton turned him into the world's most expensive defender, made his Liverpool debut in Friday's F.A. Cup match against Everton.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead in the 35th minute by converting a contentiously awarded penalty. Gylfi Sigurdsson then equalized for the visitors.

"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.

Luis Suarez scored the equaliser for Liverpool and Andy Carroll headed a late winner
Luis Suarez scored the equaliser for Liverpool and Andy Carroll headed a late winner

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.

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. Ademola Lookman, Rooney's replacement, fed Phil Jagielka and the center back showed composure to lay the ball back for Sigurdsson to stroke home a finish from the edge of the area.

With the way Van Dijk performed just days after being officially announced as a Liverpool player, the future looks bright and suggests that Klopp and his staff have a very clear mindset with the players they want to bring in to their system and how they can best utlitzie them.

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