It had to be Virgil van Dijk who scored the winner in last night’s Merseyside derby, didn’t it?
The £75 million man sent Liverpool through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a late header against Everton.
Whatever happens from here on out, nobody will ever forget Van Dijk’s debut.
The former Southampton man rose to head home from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s corner in the 84th minute of what was a highly-entertaining game.
A controversial penalty decision. A player being pushed into the stands, followed by a feisty altercation. A late winner.
The 230th Merseyside derby certainly was a memorable one.
The night belonged to Van Dijk, who not only scored the winner but produced a man of the match performance at Anfield.
“I don’t think it can get any better. It was a fantastic night,” the centre-back told Liverpool’s website after his dream debut.
“It was unlucky that we conceded but to score the winner in a derby on my debut is something every little boy dreams of. I just did it.”
LIVERPOOL FANS NOTICED WHAT HE DID IN THE TUNNEL
All eyes were on Van Dijk last night and the cameras followed him as he made his way out onto the Anfield turf for the first time as a Liverpool player.
And what did he do as he made his way out of the tunnel? He touched the Anfield sign.
WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT?
Now, this may be a largely insignificant event but Liverpool fans will remember the new rule that Jurgen Klopp introduced last season.
In April 2017, he revealed that his players are banned from touching the Anfield sign until they win a trophy at the club.
“I’ve told my players not to touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something,” he said.
“It’s a sign of respect.”
Clearly, Van Dijk wasn’t informed of this rule!
Watch Van Dijk touch the sign below and enjoy his highlights, too.
Here’s how Liverpool fans reacted.
Looks like Van Dijk is yet to be told Jurgen Klopp has banned Liverpool players from touching the 'This Is Anfield' board till they win something under him. Haha
— kwaku ahenkorah (@KwakuAhenkorah3) January 5, 2018
Noticed while watching the match of the day after coming back from the game that Virgil Van Dijk was the only player to touch the “This Is Anfield” Sign. Boss tha @TheAnfieldWrap
— new year new jonathan (@jonathancwynne) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk touches the THIS IS ANFIELD sign on his way to the pitch . . . love him already ~signofrespect
— Andrew Songhurst (@AndySong66) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk touching the “This is Anfield” sign ahhhhhhhhhhh
— Brad (@SuspectSadio) January 5, 2018
Van Dijk the only LFC player to touch the ‘this is Anfield’ sign on his way out.
Love him already.
— Tim (@TimDuffy83) January 5, 2018
Klopp said players are only allowed touch this is anfield sign if we win trophys van dijk doesn't give a fudge love it https://t.co/Lipvm8MQnr
— fsg in we trust (@adamgottalent) January 6, 2018
Klopp was full of praise for his new defender after his unforgettable debut.
“He showed a lot of things we want him to show in the future very often tonight; heading of course, football-wise his first touch was good, good under pressure and then around set pieces a proper threat,” Klopp said, per Sky Sports.
He’s already started to pay back that £75m fee.