Freak late Origi goal snatches derby win for Liverpool against Everton

Date published: Sunday 2nd December 2018 6:12

during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton suffered heartbreak at Anfield yet again, losing to Liverpool in the last minute in the most bizarre of circumstances.

England and Everton goalkepeer Jordan Pickford’s costly blunder allowed out-of-favour Divock Origi to carve his own piece of Merseyside history with a Liverpool winner deep into added time at Anfield.

The close-range goal 45 seconds before the end of four minutes of added time came after Virgil van Dijk’s hopelessly-sliced shot was shovelled onto the crossbar by Pickford when it appeared to be going out.

It was a harsh way to end the game for Pickford, who made at least one fantastic save in the first half, but it sparked wild scenes with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp charging into the centre-circle to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who himself had produced a couple of brilliant saves to keep another clean sheet.

The game did not start with the same tempo as the Arsenal and Tottenham clash but there were great chances for both sides to open the scoring.

Everton centre-back Yerry Mina should have done better with a free header from Lucas Digne’s free-kick, but the Colombian somehow put his effort past the far post.

Sadio Mane blazed over for Liverpool, while Roberto Firmino dragged his strike wide for the hosts before Alisson Becker produced a stunning save from close range to deny Andre Gomes’ header, with Joe Gomez on hand with a last-ditch tackle to stop the ball from creeping over line.

Shaqiri had a golden chance to break the deadlock for Liverpool but the Switzerland international could only fire straight at Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

At the other end, Theo Walcott latched onto a sliderule pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson but was denied by Alisson as he tried to round the home goalkeeper before the two sides went in level at the break.

Mohamed Salah came closest to scoring inside the first 15 minutes of the second half as the match remained goalless.

The Egypt international curled a powerful effort from 20 yards which looked to have beaten Pickford, but his effort also beat the far post.

Mane was also sent through when Michael Keane missed Firmino’s pass, but the forward could not hit the target with his weaker left foot as the Everton goalkeeper quickly closed down the angle.

The Senegal international then played a neat one-two with Salah to create some space outside the Everton penalty area, however, his effort drifted just wide.

Just as the game appeared to be over, Virgil van Dijk skewed an effort which looped onto the bar, bouncing back and allowing Divock Origi to head home and spark jubilant scenes – which included Jurgen Klopp running onto the pitch to hug Alisson.

 

 

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