At Anfield on Saturday, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Virgil van Dijk engaged in a Merseyside derby duel that peaked after just 36 seconds.
The Everton forward came the closest to breaking down Jurgen Klopp’s defense with his early header from Dwight NcNeil’s cross, but Alisson Becker saved it.
While Sean Dyche may lament Ashley Young’s dismissal or the fact that Ibrahima Konate was spared the same fate in the second half as reasons why his team was unable to actually lay a glove on their opponents, a lot of it was down to the superb Van Dijk performance.
The Liverpool captain played like a man who was desperate to leave his imprint on the 243rd meeting between the local rivals, despite the fact that he had only been named the official skipper since the summer. This was his 50th game wearing the armband.