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Divock Origi the hero: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Everton

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Liverpool players celebrate Merseyside derby winner

Divock Origi scored an incredible winner for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. The Belgian headed home in the 96th minute after Jordan Pickford could not keep out a Virgil van Dijk shot.

The ball hit the crossbar twice before Origi reacted the quickest, and it ensured we kept the chase for the Premier League title.

Both teams had clear-cut chances to score but it seemed the match would end in a draw before Origi came up with a priceless winner.

There were a few other heroes for the Reds at Anfield on Sunday, and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson Becker – 8.5/10

The Brazilian did extremely well to keep Andre Gomes out from point-blank range and had a couple of other saves to keep us in the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

Trent was almost punished early on after a foul on Bernard but Everton’s Yerry Mina missed an open goal. The Englishman didn’t have a great game for the Reds.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

The Belgian was tested a lot in the game and had a decent game, though his shot wasn’t the greatest, it set up the win.

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

A great goal-line clearance kept us in the game early on and was possibly our best defender on the night.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

Theo Walcott was a problem for Robertson but the Scot did a decent job on the Everton winger.

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Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had a couple of quality tackles that broke up play and set us into attack. The first half was possibly his best 45 for Liverpool and this is a great base for the former Monaco man to develop.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

This was not the best performance from the Dutch midfielder as he looked tired in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss had one of the best chances of the game when he was one-on-one against Pickford but saw his shot saved.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

This doesn’t seem like the Mane of old as he had a couple of glorious chances but shot wide on both instances.

Mohamed Salah – 6/10

Salah had one shot which curled past the post and he set Mane through once, apart from that, the Egyptian had a quiet game and was replaced.

Roberto Firmino – 5/10

Firmino was barely in the game and only had one moment to talk about as his chest control and first-time pass put Mane through on goal.

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Naby Keita – 6/10

Came on to speed up the game for Liverpool and did a decent job of it.

Daniel Sturridge – 6/10

It was a surprise seeing Sturridge come on and he didn’t do much in the game.

Read more: “I want to see them do well” – Former Liverpool boss full of praise for Jurgen Klopp

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Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Divock Origi – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great impact coming off the bench as he hit the post with one effort and was at the right place when Pickford made a hash of a Van Dijk shot to head the winner.

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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona

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Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

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Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

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Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

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Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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