- Liverpool hand debut to Van Dijk vs Everton in FA Cup
- Fans delighted to get first look at Dutchman in Reds shirt on Friday night
- Not so happy about the inclusion of Emre Can in the side amid transfer speculation
- READ MORE: Bad news for Liverpool, second key exit edges closer with agreement touted
Liverpool face rivals Everton in the FA Cup at Anfield on Friday night, and Jurgen Klopp has handed a debut to Virgil van Dijk.
As noted by The Guardian, the Dutchman sealed a £75m move to Merseyside from Southampton at the start of the month, but he has been made to wait to make his first appearance.
Despite the occasion and Van Dijk’s lack of playing time in recent weeks, Klopp has opted to start him against the Toffees as he will hope that his latest signing can make an immediate impact and help keep things tight at the back.
Naturally, given the money spent on him and the influence that many Liverpool fans hope that he will have on the team moving forward, they were delighted to get their first look at the centre-half in a Reds shirt on Friday, as seen in the tweets below.
However, it was an entirely different mood when it came to seeing Emre Can in the starting line-up, and that’s likely to have plenty to do with the fact that Sky Sports reported on Friday that the German midfielder has reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with Juventus to join the Turin giants at the end of the season.
Neither club have officially announced anything so it’s still speculation, but clearly the mere fact that he’s being linked with a move away and is still starting hasn’t sat well with the fans below.
While he’ll have to prove his worth and win them over, Van Dijk will hope to have a Liverpool debut to remember for all the right reasons, and what better way to kick-start this new challenge in his career other than in a Merseyside derby, in a late kick-off cup game at Anfield where he will undoubtedly get a great reception from the home faithful.
Why is Can not sat at home? Does not deserve to be anywhere near Anfield again.
— Wint To School Wee Yer Auld Da (@_DeanMau5_) January 5, 2018
So happy with that team… other than Can
— Eden Rea (@eden_rea) January 5, 2018
Loving this team, apart from Can for Gini
— John Gribben (@joeygribbiani8) January 5, 2018
Get that German fraud out of midfield
— ‘ (@False11Firmino) January 5, 2018
why is Emre Can in the starting eleven is Juventus playing?
— Aryn (@r0naldinhoe) January 5, 2018
Emre Can la.. Great potential but would let him sit off with the u23s the greasy headed crab!
— James McNally (@JayMc87) January 5, 2018
Why is emre can starting
— Liam (@liamjones78) January 5, 2018
If Emre Can isn’t going to commit to the club sit him in the reserves and give a youngster a go getting into the 1st team #LIVEVE #EmreCan
— Sam Misselbrook (@smissel86) January 5, 2018
— SamueI (@VintageSalah) January 5, 2018
— Ethan? (@WelshyWoodburn) January 5, 2018
Omg Van Dijk
— Sabah (@Sabah07) January 5, 2018
— Simran ?? (@_ItsSimran) January 5, 2018
The future captain’s debut
— Tamara (@_Syriana_) January 5, 2018
Big man starts ? pic.twitter.com/6Sv0K0IW2E
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) January 5, 2018
What a game to make your debut @VirgilvDijk ??
— James Ede (@edey_84) January 5, 2018