Virgil van Dijk scored the winner on a dream debut against Everton, as Liverpool made it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win.
Liverpool 2-1 Everton
FA Cup Third Round, Anfield
January 5, 2018
Goals: Milner (pen) 35′, Van Dijk 84′; Sigurdsson 64′
It was a ferocious atmosphere at Anfield on Friday night, as the Reds looked to overcome their local rivals in the 230th Merseyside derby.
James Milner‘s penalty gave the hosts the lead, following a foul on Adam Lallana, but Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised in the second half.
The stage was set for Van Dijk to steal the show, as the Dutchman’s late header sent the home crowd wild.
Here’s how Liverpool supporters reacted to the game on social media…
The superb performance of Robertson at left-back was one that caught the eye…
Great game for robertson, looked really confident and good balance to his game
— Tord fishoir (@tord74) January 5, 2018
? Andy Robertson (23) vs Everton:
3/4 long balls
2/2 aerial duels
1/1 shots on target
1 key pass
Really good tonight. Should be appreciated a little more. pic.twitter.com/Bw2OsWMwYm
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) January 5, 2018
“How good is Robertson!”
– indianscouser on the forums.
Full-time observations #LIVEVE:
1. Virgil #VanDijk heads like former no4 Sami Hyypia.
2. Loris Karius kicks like Pepe Reina.
3. Robertson defends like Finnan and crosses like Aurelio.
4. Sam Allardyce better pick up all those chewing gum wrappers in the technical area.#LFC
— D E E P D A S T A R D L Y (@srijandeep) January 5, 2018
Special mention to Andy Robertson today….MAGNIFICENT at left back ??
— Anfield Talk (@Anfield_Talk) January 5, 2018
Andy Robertson has been class tonight. ?
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) January 5, 2018
Van Djik’s winner sent supporters into delirium, on an unforgettable debut for the towering centre-back…
Liverpool debut ?
Goal at the Kop End ?
Virgil van Dijk, it just had to be him. What a moment! ? #FACup pic.twitter.com/HnpOow2oex
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2018
Yes! Yes! Seventy five million quid goal! Virgil van Dijk at the Kop end on his debut in the derby! 2-1.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) January 5, 2018
Thank you!!!!!! Worth the 75 million alone @VirgilvDijk not many score at the Kop end on their full debut ??? pic.twitter.com/SGI2WXlQWG
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 5, 2018
Fucking Virgil!!! Yeassssssss!!!!!!
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) January 5, 2018
“Sexy big Dutch bastard.”
– Krimson on the forums.
DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) January 5, 2018
Walk around him, boys. Walk around him.
— Karl (@TheCenci) January 5, 2018
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) January 5, 2018
A header to match Carroll's at Wembley in 2012!
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) January 5, 2018
– won it at-a-turk stadium on the forums.
virgil van dijk pic.twitter.com/zQEgjvPENy
— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) January 5, 2018
? Virgil on his debut! ? pic.twitter.com/Q8kBi1wvDU
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) January 5, 2018
As debuts go…. #LFC
— And Could He Play (@andcouldheplay7) January 5, 2018
What a great moment to be inside Anfield tonight and see Van Dijk nod home the winner late on debut in front of the Kop against Everton! #LFC
— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) January 5, 2018
What a debut for Van Dijk, scoring the winner at the Kop end against Everton to knock them out the cup! #LIVEVE pic.twitter.com/VSiG9zcrND
— View of the Kop (@ViewOfTheKop_) January 5, 2018
Get in. Van Dijk is an instant hero. What a start to his Liverpool career.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) January 5, 2018
I was in the Kop when Luis Garcia scored against Chelsea in 05 & when Torres scored against Real Madrid & Ngog scored against Man Utd in 09 but not sure those moments match Van Dijk scoring against Everton tonight. Bedlam. Beer & bodies flying everywhere. Football, I love you.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) January 5, 2018
The win was met with universal happiness, as Liverpool move into the next round…
GET IN! Not the greatest performance in the world, but yet another win ground out impressively.
Up the Reds.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) January 5, 2018
the #narrative was just too good that was amazing
— nate (@natefc) January 5, 2018
Not the slickest of performances but a win against the blue and white shite is always good. Plus how good were Robertson and Ox? #lfc
— Dan Holland (@danhollandlfc) January 5, 2018
Get in there the Redmen???? yessssss
— Liam Coyle (@LiamCoyle_99) January 5, 2018
Awful game of football. Game turned into a scrap and LFC won it on points
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) January 5, 2018
“The Reds go marching on!!
“Robertson and Gomez were both immaculate. Van Dijk a calm influence, looks like he has played for us for years. Mane seems to have his mojo back.
“We’re going win the cup.”
– SirBillShankly on the forums.
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) January 5, 2018
Goodbye Wayne. Goodbye Sam. Goodbye Everton. Hello Virgil. FT. 2-1
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) January 5, 2018
? Liverpool 2 Everton 1
Up the fucking Virgil van Dijk Reds ?? pic.twitter.com/iU4opv1gpP
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 5, 2018
Winning goal, kop end, could not really ask for more. #mongrels
— Titi Camara (@TitiCamara22) January 5, 2018
16 derbies without defeat. Klopp's Reds are history makers!!! pic.twitter.com/0hbJkymb8R
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) January 5, 2018