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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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

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That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

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Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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