Matt Le Tissier reacts to Virgil van Dijk's goal for Liverpool

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Everton barely threatened in the first half but was much more risky after the break, equalizing through Gylfi Sigurdsson after a counterattack following a Liverpool corner. Even in the white heat of a Merseyside derby - and a knockout, winner-takes-all one, at that - the world's most expensive defender managed to attract attention.

However, after Everton were given a controversial penalty in the Premier League fixture between the sides last month, Klopp acknowledged that his team were fortunate on this occasion.

Everton, who confirmed the sale of midfielder Ross Barkley to Chelsea in the hours leading up to the match, were also at full strength. Gylfi Sigurdsson then equalized for the visitors. "He arguably could've been given a handful of calls with the way Everton's attacking players were trying to rattle him, but the referee was hesitant to whistle anything in favor of the 6′ 4" center back.

Chances, though, were at premium in the first half as Liverpool dominated possession. "Exactly the same situation".

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"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.

Klopp sees Van Dijk as not just an imposing aerial barrier - he headed clear a dozen, if not more, booming goal kicks from Everton's Jordan Pickford - but as a vocal guide, an organizer, and a leader, something the club's defense has lacked since the retirement of Jamie Carragher in 2013.