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Virgil van Dijk played a vital role in Divock Origi's winner v Everton.

Virgil van Dijk explains his thoughts just before 'assist' for Origi's winner in Liverpool 1-0 Everton

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Liverpool will be on a massive high after prevailing over Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday evening.

In truth, the Reds were far from their free-flowing best during the game.

They were guilty of wastefulness in front of goal, while Everton also missed many clear cut chances of their own throughout the 90 minutes.

But, like so many times this season, Jurgen Klopp's side found a way to emerge victorious.

It was Divock Origi who was the hero, coming off the bench to score a bizarre winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

The winner came after Virgil van Dijk's audacious effort looped high up on to the air and onto the crossbar.

Liverpool fans have since noticed that Van Dijk initially reacted with disgust, only to turn around and join the celebrations after realising he had in fact played a major role in the goal.

Watch his initial reaction below:

He's now reacted to the moment and has revealed exactly what he was thinking after taking the shot.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: "I was [angry with myself], definitely.

"It went so quick when the ball the came and I thought: 'If I am going to touch it, the defender might come and press me and if I hit it one-touch, it's just hope for the best.'

"I did against Germany [for Netherlands recently], so maybe that's why it was in my head.

"But when I hit it, I thought, 'Never again!' and looked back to the defence. But then I turned round to their goal and saw the ball bounce on the crossbar.

Virgil van Dijk celebrates with Jurgen Klopp at the end of Liverpool 1-0 Everton

"It was a crazy moment. It's not an assist, but if you guys register it, obviously I'll take it. I don't even know what I did, but I just remember sprinting back so we were ready for the [Everton] break.

"It was a fantastic feeling to lead the boys out in such a big game and to get the win in the dying seconds is something sweet and special."

Van Dijk was also credited with the assist by the Fantasy Premier League, to which he simply replied with a laughing emoji.

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Virgil van Dijk
Jurgen Klopp
Divock Origi
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