I’ve seen some Merseyside derbies in my time but that could quite possibly be my favourite ending ever, you just couldn’t make it up! After a battle between the two sides over 90 minutes it was the forgotten Divock Origi who found himself in the right place at the right time to take all three points for Liverpool.
I have to hand it to the Toffees they look a far stronger side under Marco Silva and they held their own at Anfield for the majority of the match. Liverpool have improved vastly in defence compared to last season and that showed when Alisson was forced into a close-range reaction save, stopping Andre Gomes’ header. The danger wasn’t quite clear but Joe Gomez’s quick thinking ensured the Reds cleared it off the line.
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Annoyingly for Liverpool, while their defence is ten times better their attack seems to have gone a bit quiet over recent weeks and for me, this isn’t necessarily to do with the forward players. I’m not sure what other people’s opinions are but for me, it feels like the link between defence and midfield and midfield to attack is somewhat lacking at the moment. There’s a lot more side or back passing and no real cutting edge balls through, this was also the case when Henderson was on against PSG so I’m not really singling out players, just the midfield as a whole feels like it could click more.
Don’t get me wrong players like Fabinho for me are proving their worth, he did very well breaking up play on Sunday but I just think we need a midfield that is more positive with the passing. I feel like that improved slightly once Keita came on.
The Reds had some chances, mainly half ones and mainly from Sadio Mane but it never quite felt like we would actually win this match. I was preparing myself for a draw and the pain in seeing us go further behind Man City but a free kick in the dying moments would change all that.
Due to be taken by Trent I am sure Virgil was shouting up the pitch asking Alisson to take it. The keeper ran to the free kick spot and rolled it forward to Trent who then flung it into the box. Sat in the pub next to an Everton fan who was screaming for the whistle all I kept thinking was surely we can’t score here, surely it’s over.
A header found its way out to Virgil van Dijk who absolutely spooned his effort to get the ball back into the box but the height on his miss hit meant Jordan Pickford would have to make a decision. As the ball came crashing down onto the bar, Pickford appeared to try and catch it instead of turning it over the bar for a corner. Meanwhile, Divock Origi was already in position and as the ball fell on the right side of goal the Belgian headed home to win the Merseyside Derby in the 96th minute. Absolutely crazy!
I was screaming my head off, of all the people to score the winner it’s Origi, nobody’s seen him for about two years apart from the odd cameo. What a man.
Did we deserve to win? No, but the fact is, you play to the end and if your chance arises ensure you take it.
Klopp running on the pitch was absolutely hilarious people having a go can say all they want. He didn’t jump in Silva’s face he ran to his keeper. It’s a natural reaction in a game that already means so much let alone when the three points means your side remains latched on to a title race.
All I keep thinking is Man City must be well pissed off. Hahaha.
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Source: The Liver Bird