Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool didn't deserve to win penalty against Everton'

Klopp Van Dijk

It was also the Netherlands international's debut for Liverpool, having joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £75 million. The goal is very special for me and my family.

The atmosphere in the stands crackled and on the pitch it was equally feisty.

In addition to his incredible aerial prowess, Van Dijk also recorded three interceptions, the most of any Liverpool player, and four clearances; second [on Liverpool] only to Joel Matip, who recorded six.

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 first half. Still, a penalty was awarded and Milner deftly clipped the ball down the middle.

Virgil van Dijk
GETTY Virgil van Dijk proved to be the match-winner as Liverpool beat Everton 2-1

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.

Scoring the winning goal in front of the Kop in a Merseyside derby is as good of a first installment in a £75m repayment plan as one could muster. 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.

Klopp sees Van Dijk as not just an imposing aerial barrier - he headed clear a dozen, if not more, booming goal kicks from Everton's Jordan Pickford - but as a vocal guide, an organizer, and a leader, something the club's defense has lacked since the retirement of Jamie Carragher in 2013.




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