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Divock Origi makes his own luck: 5 talking points from Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 win against Everton

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Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

What an ending to the Merseyside derby! Liverpool looked set to drop a couple of points against Everton as the game headed into the 95th minute, however, Divock Origi and Jordan Pickford had other plans.

The Belgian scored what could be one of the most talked about derby goals in Liverpool’s history and well, Pickford possibly wants to forget the entire tie.

Both teams had quality chances to score in the game but we had the better opportunities. It seemed that Sadio Mane’s misses would prove costly but out from the blue (or red) came Origi to head home the winner.

The win kept Manchester City within touching distance, and also provided the Anfield faithful a new hero.

The game wasn’t just about Origi, and here are the five talking points from our 1-0 win.

1) Alisson has his stand out game

The former AS Roma man has looked decent between the sticks but hasn’t had that one game where he has kept us from getting battered.

Salah Gomez Alisson Liverpool Firmino

Alisson did save well last weekend against Watford, but his incredible effort to keep Andre Gomes out will be considered as one of the best moments of his short Anfield career.

The on-loan Barcelona star was just three yards out and seemed set to head into an open goal but somehow Alisson spread high and wide and kept the ball from entering the net.

The 26-year-old also did well to foil a rushing Theo Walcott as he tried to round our keeper. The Brazilian kept us in the game, there is no doubt about that, and we saw how much the win meant as Jurgen Klopp celebrated wildly with Alisson at the end of the game.

2) Liverpool only missing the cutting edge

The Reds started with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri, and they created a glut of chances but could not get the best of Pickford.

Mane and Shaqiri were guilty of missing big chances, and if we were a little sharper in the final third, Everton would have been blown away.

Of course, we gave the away side a few chances to score too but it was great seeing some of our free-flowing football back.

This still isn’t the side that would smash teams easily but it was great seeing some decent attacking play from the side.

Mane actually looked sharp in attack, and on another day would have scored a pair, and Shaqiri looked really sharp too.

Sadio Mane liverpool

We need to continue this momentum for the rest of the season, and hopefully, things will fall into place for our attack.

3) Fabinho proves his worth in midfield

It wasn’t a surprise seeing Jurgen Klopp mix things in the midfield after Jordan Henderson’s suspension in the derby.

Fabinho got a chance to perform and boy, he did a great job in the first half. The Brazilian was a presence in the Liverpool midfield, and while Andre Gomes had a fantastic game, our midfielder wasn’t far behind.

The former Monaco man even helped launched an attack after a tackle but we couldn’t score from the chance. Fabinho has to play more games for us, and hopefully, Klopp sticks with him in the side for a few more games.

4) Firmino needs a break

Salah didn’t have a great game but he wasn’t the worst player out there. Firmino possibly had his worst outing for the Reds, and there has to be a rethink about his role in the side.

Playing him behind Salah doesn’t seem to work on most days, and we are employing this formation to shoehorn Shaqiri on the right.

Liverpool Firmino

The Brazilian is a brilliant player as a “False 9” but putting him into midfield seems to cut him out of the attack far too often. His defence-splitting runs seem to be restricted and the player has been off from the start of the season.

Klopp should take a big decision and rest Firmino for a couple of games, maybe that will recharge his batteries for the rest of the season.

5) Origi our saviour

The Belgian has had a torrid time with injuries and a lack of form in front of goal. His spell at Wolfsburg was a disaster, and well, it was a surprise seeing him come onto the pitch late in the game.

However, Origi had a couple of bright moments before the goal, and it proved that the game isn’t over till the final whistle.

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The Belgian was in the right place at the right time and punished Pickford for the error. There could be some good things in place for the 23-year-old, and it would be great to have the Origi from a couple of years back as he provides a different outlet to the Reds.

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Injury updates on two Liverpool stars that missed 3-1 win over Manchester United

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Liverpool continue their Premier League journey with a tough trip to Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Wolves will not be easy opponents for the Premier League leaders on Friday as they held Manchester City and defeated Chelsea earlier this season.

Liverpool come off a comfortable 3-1 win over Manchester United, and Jurgen Klopp shared some injury news ahead of the clash.

The German revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is looking good after missing the win over United but won’t be ready for the clash against Wolves (h/t Liverpoolfc.com).

“It actually looks surprisingly good.

“I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.

“But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.”

The Reds played with Nathaniel Clyne as the right-back on Sunday and we James Milner missed the United game too.

The Englishman was not risked by Klopp on Sunday, and Milner shared an update on his injury.

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Hopefully, we get Trent back quickly as the games come thick and fast in the festive period.

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(Photos) Liverpool players train hard ahead of testing Wolverhampton Wanderers clash

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Liverpool players in training

Liverpool face another tough game in the Premier League on Friday as the leaders face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

The Wolves might be newly promoted but also have a win over Chelsea and a draw against Manchester City at home.

The Reds are in fantastic form going into the game with a huge win over Manchester United at the weekend.

Sadio Mane in training

Sadio Mane scored the opening goal of the game against United, and the Senegal star was pictured in training. Mohamed Salah would also want to score a goal or two against the Wolves, and the pair seemed to be ready for the clash.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah in training

Our defence wasn’t tested much by the Red Devils on Sunday, but Alisson would want to forget about the mistake that cost us a goal.

Alisson and Salah in training

The Brazilian should be joined in the starting XI by Virgil van Dijk, and the Dutch defender certainly looks up for another battle on Friday.

Virgil van Dijk in training

James Milner and Adam Lallana did not play in the win over United, but the pair could join Jordan Henderson in the first-team action as Jurgen Klopp could mix things up ahead of a crazy run of games.

Naby Keita was also pictured training and the Guinea midfielder is slowly coming into his own in his first season at Anfield.

Keita was great in the win over United but his midfield partner, Fabinho, was the best performer in that win.

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Liverpool can extend their lead at the top to four points before Manchester City play Crystal Palace on Saturday, and that pressure could see the Cityzens crack, as they did against Chelsea recently.

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James Milner to return? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Wolverhampton Wanderers

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James Milner celebrates

Wolverhampton Wanderers host the Reds on Friday as we look to extend our lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.

Liverpool come off a couple of huge wins over Napoli and Manchester United but the Wolves will not be easy fodder given their exploits this season.

They have already defeated Chelsea and drawn with Manchester City, so the Reds have to be wary of their opposition.

Liverpool were incredible in the win over United, but Jurgen Klopp could make some changes in the starting XI as we look to keep the players fresh.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt for the game with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip recovering from injuries, and here is our predicted line-up for Klopp’s men.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian made an error in the 3-1 win over United, but that shouldn’t faze him as we look for all three points on Friday.

James Milner (RB)

Nathaniel Clyne did a decent job in defence, but it is unlikely he will start two games in five days for us, and we could see Milner coming into the right-back slot.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Possibly the best defender in the world, Van Dijk has barely put a foot wrong at Liverpool and the centre-back needs to be vigil against a crafty Wolves team.

Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren in training

Dejan Lovren (CB)

Lovren was barely threatened at the back by United, but the Croatian will face a tougher test at Molineux.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The best left-back in the league should start on Friday as the games keep on coming.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

It was a surprise seeing Henderson not starting against United, but the captain should make a return on Friday.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho bossed Manchester United

Fabinho (CM)

The performance against United was possibly Fabinho’s best since joining the Reds, and the Brazilian should continue in the team.

Naby Keita (CAM)

The Guinea midfielder had a great game for us on Sunday and hopefully, plays more down the middle against Wolves.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RAM)

Roberto Firmino ran his socks off against United, and the Brazilian could get a rest with super-sub Shaqiri being the third man in our attack.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane celebrate a goal

Sadio Mane (LAM)

Mane found his scoring boots against United, and the Liverpool forward seems set to score more on Friday.

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Mohamed Salah (ST)

Salah was marshalled well by the United defence on Sunday, and we could see a similar tactic being used by the Wolves.

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