Every Liverpool fan knew Virgil van Dijk was going to be a bit special when he scored the winner in the Merseyside Derby on his debut.
This happened in January 2018, when Jurgen Klopp decided to field the £75m centre-back in the FA Cup 3rd Round v the Toffees.
And in an odd quirk, upcoming January signing Takumi Minamino could also make his debut in the same fixture…
James Pearce of the Athletic says a deal will likely go through on January 1, but there’s no way Jurgen Klopp will field the attacker one day after his arrival against Sheffield United on January 2…
As long as he passes his medical, Takumi Minamino will become a #LFC on January 1. Borussia Mönchengladbach, AC Milan and Manchester United among those beaten to his signature.
Fee of £7.25 million – effectively what Liverpool banked for selling Ryan Kent to Rangers.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 12, 2019
We do face Everton on the 5th, though, and with the boss expected to field a rotated XI, it gives Minamino a perfect chance for his first minutes in Liverpool red.
After Everton, we’re away to Spurs and then at home to Manchester United – so it seems a smart opportunity.