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Divock Origi nets last minute winner as Liverpool wins The Merseyside Derby

Liverpool snatched a dramatic late win against Merseyside rivals, Everton due to a bizarre 96th-minute goal from Liverpool’s forgotten man Divock Origi. Everton’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford’s costly blunder allowed out of favor Divock Origi to carve his own piece of Merseyside history with a Liverpool winner deep into added time at Anfield.

Both sides had several good chances to score with Everton producing an admirable performance and could have ended their infamous Anfield hoodoo since 1999 had they taken one of their numerous first-half chances. But just as it looked as if they had done enough for a point, Liverpool snatched all three in stunning circumstances.

The Belgium international was introduced on 84 minutes when the game was looking for a stalemate. However, a late free-kick situation allowed Origi to head the winner home from close range after Jordan Pickford failed to deal with Virgil van Dijk’s looping shot, pushing the ball onto his bar which Origi followed up.

It was a cruel blow on Everton after a spirited display, capped by three clear goal-scoring opportunities in the first half with Yerry Mina opening the score with a free header from close range for The Toffees. The away side continued to threaten and had several opportunities to be in front when Andre Gomes and Richarlison threatening with a few runs and shots.

Liverpool had their glorious chances with Salah cleverly picking up Mane before the Senegalese forward fired it wide. An open game saw Liverpool create another big chance after Salah played in Xherdan Shaqiri, but his shot was saved at the near post by Pickford.

The second half started at the same pace as the first, with Salah’s curling effort going just wide and Mane scuffing on a one-on-one. Naby Keita played Roberto Firmino through on goal late on but was unable to find the target. And then comes the 96th-minute winner.

The Merseyside win will ensure Jurgen Klopp’s boys that they stay within touching distance of champions Manchester City trailing by just two points.

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