LIVERPOOL – Three points from Anfield on Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League. first Origis…
LIVERPOOL – Three points from Anfield on Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League.
first Origis Late Winner Keeping Liverpool In Striking Distance
Divock Origi scored his first Liverpool goal since May 2017 by spending a stopwatch winner in a pulsating 1-0 win against Everton at Anfield.
Origi, a 84-minute substitute for Roberto Firmino, had barely been a participant player since returning to Liverpool from a seasonally-long loan at Wolfsburg in the last term.
But Belgian front claimed a place in Liverpool’s folklore by placing six minutes in the run-time to keep Jurgen Klopp’s team only two points behind Manchester City leaders at the top of the Premier League.
With City who won 3-1
home to Bournemouth on Saturday, anything other than three points for Liverpool would open a scary gap behind the ruling champion.
However, for long periods of this game, Everton was comfortable and obviously on course in at least one point. The visitors would have finished in the first half but for a fantastic reflex save by Alisson Becker from Andre Gomes and the Brazilian goalkeeper also made an important save by Theo Walcott.
With Liverpool struggling to break through, Klopp took both of Firmino and Mohamed Salah in an attempt to find a goal.
Origi went close and should have scored when he hit the crossbar 90 minutes, but then hit the decisive battle by getting in close range after Jordan Pickford had failed to tackle an uncomfortable high ball from a failure of Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool’s coaching staff, including Klopp, then celebrated wildly on the pitch, as Everton suffered a defeat at their biggest rivals and extended his winding distance to Liverpool to 16 league games.
2. Word Class Alisson, Pickford Feels Contradictory Destiny
Every successful team needs a reliable goalkeeper, but Liverpool and Everton have both struggled to find a number in recent years that have been able to distinguish between success and failure.  Alisson and Jordan Pickford have both solved the problem for Liverpool and Everton, but Pickford led the awesome battle that all holders are susceptible to by giving a stopping goal after an individual mistake.
England’s number one had been outstanding until he tried to collect a high ball in the 94th minute.
But rather than tipping it over the bar, Pickford got it to bounce on the woodwork and the loose ball fell straight to Divock Origi, who without reckless guided into the pristine net in front of Kop. From being a key figure in what seemed to be a big point for Everton, Pickford was now the villain.
But before that error, especially during the first half, Alisson and Pickford showed how important they both became their team.
Alisson probably denied Everton his first win at Anfield since 1999 with his amazing first half-reflex save to hold out Andre Gome’s head of attendance. He then contested his line to deny Theo Walcott as Everton tried to take advantage of his first half-win.
Pickford also made a decisive save on Xherdan Shaqiri after 34 minutes.
But it was all forgotten as a result of his costly assessment error.
3. Everton’s new boys make a big difference
Everton made six new signings in the summer and appointed a new boss in Marco Silva, and the freshman was obvious to Liverpool until the late, cruel winner was announced by the Home Page.
Five of the new faces – Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, Bernard and Richarlison – made their debut at Derby at Anfield and with almost half of Silva’s team who took Liverpool for the first time they were not weighed by Evert’s dumb record in this tie.
Before this game, Liverpool had avoided defeat in his last 15 league meetings with his neighbors, with Everton famous for not winning at Anfield in any competition since 1999.
But there was no fear of Everton at this time and their new players were central to the confidence in the blue voices.
Mina was commanding in the middle and Digne impressive along the left flank. Andre Gomes was outstanding in the heart of the midfield and he did almost in the first half before seeing Alisson save his goal-bound heading.
With the wing Bernard and the striker Richarlison giving Liverpool trouble, it looked like a new, floating Everton
Everton simply sees another team under Silva than they did during Sam Allardyce last season.
To defend Allardyce, the former England boss was tasked with keeping Everton up and he did just that, but it was expensive little flair or entertainment offered at Goodison Park last season.
Silva has injected both grades into his team and there are clear signs of progress at Everton during the Portuguese coach.
He just has to make sure that this defeat does not prove to be harmful to morality.