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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.

Read more: Jamie Carragher believes this Liverpool star is on track to becoming a legend

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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“We’d welcome him to our team”: Liverpool duo send an open invitation for Bundesliga star to join the Reds

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Mane and Keita want Werner at Anfield

Timo Werner is one of the hottest properties in German football and Liverpool have been linked with the forward, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that we face competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old forward. Naby Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig and claimed he would try his best to bring Werner to Anfield (h/t Daily Star):

“We played very well together in Leipzig, and he was one of my best friends there. It’s clear: If he’ll be on the move, I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”

Sadio Mane also wanted the striker to join the Reds and told Bild (h/t Daily Star):

“I’d advise him to join Liverpool. I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finish, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team.”

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Timo Werner

The report adds that Werner is the No.1 target for the Reds, and it will be interesting to see how things progress in the summer.

Liverpool have 0ne of the best attacks in the world

Liverpool play with three of the best attackers in world football with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino partnering Mane. The trio have plundered several goals since last season, but we could do with more attacking options.

Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth in the winter window, and the report adds that Daniel Sturridge could leave the Reds at the end of the season.

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That would leave us with just Divock Origi as a senior forward in the side, and it would be a major surprise if we don’t sign some players in the summer.

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Premier League rivals submit £39m bid for highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool target

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Chelsea submit bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic

The Metro (h/t Mirror) reports that Chelsea have submitted a £39million bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old Serbian has been in excellent form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and has found the back of the net 19 times from 27 appearances.

The report adds that Liverpool have kept an eye on the highly-rated forward, who is also being tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Chelsea have now joined the race for the Serb, who is on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica. The report adds that Barcelona had agreed on personal terms with Jovic earlier in the week, however, his current club have stated that they would like to exercise their right-to-buy clause with Benfica.

The report also adds that Chelsea have made the 21-year-old a priority for the summer despite signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan and Christian Pulisic for next season.

Liverpool need more attacking options

The Reds have one of the best forward lines in football, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp will be looking for reinforcements in the summer window.

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Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge’s contract at Anfield comes to an end in the summer while Divock Origi hasn’t been receiving regular time on the field.

The Reds also sold Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth in the winter window with Nathaniel Clyne joining the forward on loan at the Cherries.

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It will be interesting to see our activity once the season ends. The Reds signed several stars at the start of this campaign and hopefully, that leads to a title or two soon.

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German football expert believes Klopp will extend Anfield stay even if he fails to land a trophy this season

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Latest Liverpool news: Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend stay at Liverpool

German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2022. The manager signed a new deal with Liverpool in 2016 which keeps him at the club until 2022, but the expert claims that Klopp will sign a new deal even if he fails to land a trophy.

Honigstein is also the author of “Bring the Noise: The Jurgen Klopp story” and said (h/t Daily Star)

“Klopp is totally happy at Liverpool and the club is totally happy with him. I think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.

“Regardless of whether [Liverpool] become champions or Champions League winners, he will extend to 99.9 per cent.”

The Daily Star adds that Klopp had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga giants are still open to signing the Liverpool manager.

Bayern still an option for Klopp

Honigstein did warn that Klopp could sign for the Bundesliga powerhouses later in his career:

“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity if there is another opportunity.”

Klopp has done an excellent job for the Reds even though he hasn’t picked up a trophy at Anfield. The Reds are in a strong position to win the league title and face Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Liverpool are possibly playing their best football in the Premier League era, and the next logical step is winning a trophy under the manager.

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We have a great chance of doing that this season, and it will be interesting to see how things go in the league and the Champions League in the coming weeks.

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