Virgil Van Dijk heads to Shrewsbury dressing room after FA Cup win to chat with players who gave Reds a scare at Anfield

VIRGIL VAN DIJK headed into the Shrewsbury dressing room to chat with the players who gave Liverpool an FA Cup scare.

The Reds fell behind after 27 minutes at Anfield when Daniel Udoh fired the visitors in front.

At 1-1, Shaun Whalley had a header ruled out by VAR before Van Dijk won a controversial penalty dispatched by Fabinho just before the break.

Roberto Firmino's cheeky backheel and a second for Fabinho secured a 4-1 win for Liverpool.

But after the valiant effort from the League One side, Van Dijk headed into the away changing room afterwards and hand Udoh his shirt in a classy gesture.

And it was well received by the visitors.

Shrews boss Steve Cotterill said: “Virgil van Dijk came in our dressing room afterwards, congratulated everyone, said well done, brought his shirt in, shook hands and I thought that was absolutely top, top drawer.

“Not only is he a top player, he’s a gentleman. It’s a very good experience for our players today to experience that.

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"You can’t go away from here and not think that this is a special football club.”

Defender Elliott Bennett tweeted: “Classy on and off the pitch. Rolls Royce of a player and without doubt the world’s best centre-back.

"Touch of class coming in to see the boys and give our goal scoring hero his shirt! Proper.”

Van Dijk, 30, cost the Kop giants £75million and captained the team on Sunday.

He was joined by fellow experienced senior pros Fabinho, Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konate.

The rest of the starting XI – plus two of the five subs who came on – were youngsters.

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That includes 17-year-old Kaide Gordon who got Liverpool back on track with the equaliser on his FA Cup debut.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Kaide finishing-wise is no doubt, his finishing is exceptional but all the rest he is still a kid.

“When he is in these situations he is really calm. I am not saying he will always score in these situations in the rest of his career but more often than not.

“He has a nose for it. I know he is the second-youngest goalscorer for Liverpool, which is absolutely exceptional, but there is a way to go.

“No problem, Kaide has time, he will have his minutes here and there.”

Seven-time champs Liverpool face Cardiff in the next round, again at home.


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