Liverpool - Virgil van Dijk scored a dramatic late winner on his debut as
Liverpool clinched a 2-1 victory over Everton in a heated Merseyside
derby FA Cup tie at Anfield.
Liverpool had led 1-0 at the break
after James Milner converted from the penalty spot but Everton looked to
have secured a replay when Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised midway through
the second half.
But Van Dijk, who became the world's most
expensive defender when he joined the Reds from Southampton, headed home
six minutes from time in the 230th meeting between the sides.
a night," said the Dutch defender. "It was thoroughly deserved, it felt
amazing to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family.
"Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player. To score a goal is even more special."
manager Jurgen Klopp handed a debut to record £75 million signing Van Dijk as he selected arguably his strongest
available starting line-up, in contrast to the 1-1 draw in the Premier
League played out by the sides in December.
Philippe Coutinho was again ruled out with a thigh injury as speculation
continues to mount over his future amid interest from Barcelona, while
top-scorer Mohamed Salah was missing with a groin problem.
who confirmed the sale of midfielder Ross Barkley to Chelsea in the
hours leading up to the match, were also at full strength.
atmosphere in the stands crackled and on the pitch it was equally
feisty. Wayne Rooney scythed down Joe Gomez early on and was shown a
Chances, though, were at premium in the first half as Liverpool dominated possession.
The breakthrough came five minutes after the half-hour mark when Liverpool were awarded a penalty by referee Bobby Madley.
defender Mason Holgate used his arms on Adam Lallana, who had his back
to goal inside the area, and the Liverpool midfielder went to ground.
Milner made no mistake with the spot-kick as he dispatched the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with confidence.
Klopp felt it was not a spot-kick.
was a similar situation (to the penalty against Liverpool for Everton
last month), the first one was no penalty in my opinion and this one
wasn't also," he said. "It's the same. There is contact and the referee
used his whistle. Exactly the same situation."
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.
Everton manager Sam
Allardyce was more positive with his approach than the fixture last
month, although the visitors found Liverpool's defence, marshalled by
Van Dijk, resilient and were unable to register a shot on target in the
Rooney wrestled with Emre Can shortly after the break
and perhaps fearing a red card was in the offing, Allardyce withdrew the
Liverpool continued to carve out chances but
were unable to provide the decisive touch and Everton hit them with an
equaliser on the counter attack.
Yannick Bolasie won possession
and found Rooney's replacement Ademola Lookman, who showed superb
awareness to break forward before he found Phil Jagielka on the edge of
Rather than shoot himself the defender laid the ball off
for Sigurdsson, who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner of
the net past the flat-footed Loris Karius.
sealed passage to the fourth round - and their first win in five
attempts on home turf against the Toffees in the competition - with a
dramatic goal in the dying minutes.
curling delivery was met by Van Dijk, who towered above Jagielka and
powerfully headed home in front of the Kop with Everton goalkeeper
Pickford partially at fault as he failed to punch clear.
English FA Cup results on Friday:
Liverpool 2 (Milner 35-pen, Van Dijk 84) Everton 1 (Sigurdsson 67)
Manchester United 2 (Lingard 84, Lukaku 90) Derby 0
Playing on Saturday:
Fleetwood Town v Leicester
Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Aston Villa v Peterborough
Birmingham v Burton
Blackburn v Hull
Bolton v Huddersfield
Bournemouth v Wigan
Brentford v Notts County
Cardiff v Mansfield
Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday
Coventry v Stoke
Doncaster v Rochdale
Exeter v West Brom
Fulham v Southampton
Ipswich v Sheffield United
Manchester City v Burnley
Millwall v Barnsley
Newcastle v Luton
Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes
Stevenage v Reading
Watford v Bristol City
Wolverhampton v Swansea
Wycombe v Preston North End
Yeovil v Bradford
Norwich v Chelsea
Playing on Sunday:
Newport County v Leeds
Shrewsbury v West Ham
Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Playing on Monday:
Brighton v Crystal Palace