Was that a script?? Was it written in the stars? Virgil Van Dijk scored Liverpool's derby winner against Everton on his debut, as the Reds marched into Round 4 of the FA Cup.
Adjusting off an unbeaten running of 14 games in 49 days, the Reds respected their city adversaries to Anfield on Friday night hoping to guarantee they rose up out of their congested winter unbeaten.
Having not endured overcome since their 4-1 misfortune away to Tottenham toward the finish of October, Liverpool went up against their Merseyside equals in solid shape, floated by Monday night's 2-1 win at Burnley.
In any case, with Sam Allardyce demanding before the game that "it's win or forget about it" the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp will have expected to steel his side for an extreme test.
The German rolled out six improvements to his beginning lineup from the outing to Turf Moor on New Year's Day, including a presentation for £75 million marking Van Dijk.
With a break of eight days to come after Friday night's derby, Liverpool were edgy to guarantee force with a win, and the Dutchman was the one to make the most of it.
With the two sides attempting to control ownership in the beginning periods, the conflict was immediately characterized by a progression of solid difficulties, most remarkably two late ones from Wayne Rooney.
Andrew Robertson was more clinical off the ball, be that as it may, denying both Yannick Bolasie and Jonjoe Kenny with some brilliant, very much coordinated handles.
Scarcely any veritable open doors went the method for either side before the half-hour stamp, with James Milner coming nearest for the Reds with his back-post volley twisting wide.
Everton's cumbersome cautious approach talented a Liverpool chance when Mason Holgate brought Adam Lallana down in the punishment, with Milner venturing up to put the hosts ahead from the spot.
Holgate was engaged with a gigantically questionable choice from Bobby Madley not long after, with the 21-year-old pushing Roberto Firmino over the publicizing hoardings.
Be that as it may, the official disregarded both that and the following fracas, packaging the choice with no indication of even a yellow card as the half played out to a strained wrap up.
The power of the conflict continued as before after the break, with Allardyce compelled to pull back Rooney after only seven minutes as he strolled the red-card tightrope.
An offensive Lallana was sent through on the break after a brilliant trade in midfield, however the No. 20, making his second of two begins this season in the space of five days, skewed it wide, feebly.
Van Dijk's ethereal nearness was clear all through, and not slightest when he climbed most noteworthy to send an effective header towards objective on the hour check, yet it wasn't sufficient to beat Jordan Pickford.
Liverpool won another set-piece minutes after the fact, yet pitiably it brought about an equalizer from Everton, with Gylfi Sigurdsson completing a very fast counter after Phil Jagielka's draw back.
With the tie balanced, Klopp made his last two moves of the dice to present Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Solanke, supplanting Milner and Joe Gomez in a change of approach from the Reds.
It wasn't one of Liverpool's assaulting signings who had the effect, be that as it may, however rather Van Dijk, who cannoned the ball into the back of the net for the winners on his Anfield debut.