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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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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star

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Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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