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

Virgil van Dijk

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It was a fine finish to a game that was otherwise low on quality, as Liverpool, clearly worn out from their Christmas travails, sank to the level of a tiresome Sam Allardyce Blues side, gifting a sloppy equalizer to Gylfi Sigurdsson after a first half penalty from James Milner had put Jurgen Klopp's team ahead.

Signed last week for $100 million as the world's most expensive defender, Van Dijk probably couldn't have dreamed of a better debut, with his goal coming in front of the storied Kop stand at Anfield in the 84th minute. The goal is very special for me and my family.

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.

The defensive stability he provided, especially in his first match in Liverpool's starting eleven, was quite an encouraging look into what the future holds for the Reds. Still, a penalty was awarded and Milner deftly clipped the ball down the middle. "It's the same. There is contact and the referee used his whistle".

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.

Holgate took serious offence to something the Anfield ace shouted at him - after pushing Firmino over the advertising board and into the crowd.

"However, Liverpool 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. 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.

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