The world’s most expensive defender is expected to make his Liverpool debut this evening, as local rivals Everton visit Anfield in the FA Cup, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Van Dijk, who recently completed his record breaking switch to Anfield, is yet to play for Liverpool – and Jurgen Klopp has decided that tonight’s fixture is the perfect test for the Netherlands international.
The atmosphere is always electric when Everton visit Anfield, and with the stakes high in this FA Cup match, fans will be wanting to see that the money was well spent on the former Southampton centre-half.
This news will come as music to the fans ears, as yesterday Klopp stated that both Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho will play no part in the match.
Liverpool have been suspect at the back this season, with Dejan Lovren being inconsistent – in fact it was the Croatian international who gifted Everton a point by means of conceding a penalty the last time Everton came to anfield.
It could have been six months ago, if not for a failed transfer request, that we saw Van Dijk’s debut game, as he was heavily sought after by the Reds in the Summer; but the long wait could finally be over for Liverpool fans.
In other Liverpool team news, this 25-year-old winger is also expected to start versus Everton.