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Van Dijk delighted with ‘special’ Merseyside Derby victory

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has described the ‘great feeling’ of beating Everton in today’s pulsating Merseyside derby.

Contrary to the appearance of the 1-0 scoreline, it was in fact an exciting and encapsulating game, with both teams squandering a number of big chances in front of goal.

However, with the game entering the sixth of four added minutes, a deep Liverpool free kick was aimed towards Virgil van Dijk, who scuffed his shot high into the Anfield air. However, it dropped awkwardly for England number 1 Jordan Pickford, who failed to clear his lines to allow Divock Origi to nod home a dramatic winner.

Speaking after the game, Van Dijk was elated in winning a ‘special’ Merseyside derby.

“It is such a great feeling to win,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports. “We had big chances. They were a good side today but we were better. We are happy to keep a clean sheet and score this goal. I am very happy.

“Last minute goals are always a bit special. It was a tough game. They gave us a good game but we deserved the win and I’m glad we did.”

The result keeps Liverpool within touching distance of Manchester City, but van Dijk has insisted that Liverpool should only focus on their own performances.

“We don’t need to look at Manchester City. They are doing an amazing job but we must look at ourselves. We have to keep going and keep progressing as a team. We are on the right track. The next game is against Burnley so we need to win that.

“We don’t want to look too far ahead. We need to take it game by game. Today was very tough but very sweet. We are very happy. We had some big chances but in the end it doesn’t matter. We won!”

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