Liverpool made it 16 Merseyside derbies unbeaten on Friday evening, as they got the better of their locals in thrilling fashion in the FA Cup third round.
It wasn’t always a contest littered with attractive football at Anfield, but the tackles were flying in and controversy was never too far away.
James Milner‘s penalty gave the Reds a half-time lead, but Gylfi Sigurdsson fired home to level the scores after the interval.
Although the debuting Dutchman understandably made the headlines, Klopp gave an deserved mention to Oxlade-Chamberlain in his post-match press conference.
“You cannot score a header off a set-piece unless the set-piece is good,” Klopp said.
“Oxlade for the second game in a row made a goal from this.”
The manager is spot on in his assessment, with the Englishman’s delivery for Van Dijk’s winner absolutely on the money.
Liverpool have been poor from set-pieces at both ends of the pitch for too long, but there are signs that this is now changing.
Van Dijk is a huge addition in that respect, and in Oxlade-Chamberlain, has Klopp finally found someone who can consistently provide good quality into the penalty area?
That’s now five set-piece goals in six matches for Liverpool.