Van Dijk sends Everton crashing out

English Premier League

Virgil van Dijk was an instant hero as the Dutch International marked his debut for Liverpool with the winning goal to defeat Merseyside rivals Everton by 2-1 in gruelling FA Cup third round tie at Anfield on Friday night.

Van Dijk, cost the Reds some £75 million pounds, finally got his dream move after a summer move failed to materialise in the summer, and was handed a start against the Reds' cross-town rivals.

The seven-time Champions Liverpool started the game in sluggish fashion as they struggled to find their usual free-flowing rhythm early on.

The first half was a very cagey affair for the most part the visiting Toffees looked fairly comfortable and even caused the home-side some problems down the right hand with Yannick Bolasie seeing a lot of the ball early on.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty when Lallana was brought down rather theatrically by Mason Holgate just inside the box which James Milner duly converted.

Milner sent the Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the wrong way to give the home side a slender 1-0 lead going into the halftime interval.

The Reds started the second half brightly as they enjoyed the bulk of the possession and created numerous chances.

The Toffees equalised through Gilfy Sigurdsson with 15 mins remaining as he swept home an emphatic counterattacking move.

Bolasie started the move after breaking down the play to find substitute Ademola Lookman who played in Phil Jagielka to neatly set up the Icelandic playmaker.

Howeve, it was to be a dream debut for the former Southampton defender as he rose highest to head home an Alex Oxlade Chamberlain corner after a moment of hesitation by Pickford.