Liverpool win Merseyside derby in the dying minutes
Liverpool won against local rivals Everton with a freak last minute winner from the surprise source of Belgium international Divock Origi.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, André Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison.
Midway through the first half, Everton came close when a cross into the box met the head of Andre Gomes, but Alisson was equal to it with a superb save. On the resultant rebound, Joe Gomez reached the ball first by stretching every muscle of his body to clear it off the line.
Shaqiri had Liverpool’s best chance of the first half when he was played in by Mohamed Salah however he failed to shift the ball onto his stronger left foot and struck it straight at Pickford.
Salah had a good chance himself soon after half time, but his shot did not curl enough to make its way into the goal. Around 20 minutes before half time, the Egyptian was surprisingly replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
As Liverpool pushed for a winner, Divock Origi came on for his first appearance of the season and after playing a large part in winning a corner, the ball fell to him in space at the far post but he somehow managed to hit the woodwork rather than the net.
With the game appearing to be headed for a goalless draw, Liverpool had another corner deep in stoppage time and when the ball was cleared to Van Dijk it seemed that he had completely miscued his volley as it looped with almost no power towards Pickford. The England goalkeeper had misjudged the flight of the shot, as he left it to go out for a goal kick but it hit the crossbar and ricocheted to Origi who tapped the ball into an empty net to win the game in dramatic scenes.
The win means that Liverpool keep pace with Manchester City and stay within two points of the leaders. The Reds’ next game is away at lowly Burnley on Wednesday 5th of December at 9:45PM Egyptian time.
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