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Divock Origi explains weird late winning goal in Merseyside derby vs Everton

03 December 2018, 02:42 | Charlene Valdez

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side’s dramatic derby victory over Everton

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Origi went close, and should have scored, when he hit the crossbar in the 90th minute, but he then struck the crucial blow by heading in from close range after Jordan Pickford had failed to deal with an awkward high ball from a mishit by Virgil van Dijk.

'As players, we know how much it means to us.

"It was just instinct, with the first chance I had I knew there was going to be some balls like this", he added.

"I get that you have to write about things, no problem, but write it and don't ask me about it because I'm not interested about it, I don't think about it and I can't answer it".

"I didn't want to be disrespectful but I couldn't stop myself".

Jurgen Klopp knows Liverpool are lacking the fluency of last season, but hopes focusing first on defending will pay off eventually.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Anfield
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Anfield

Pickford has consistently been an excellent performer for Everton and was superb for England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but his error in a game of such magnitude will take a long time to live down. You can't do that at any time in a Merseyside derby. Unfortunately, it has been me today but I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday. When Divock played at that time he was an unbelievable threat, he had speed, he was strong, remember the Dortmund game [in the Europa League] and stuff like that. Sadio was in very good positions to finish off, but both goalkeepers were really there and had an outstanding performance tonight.

"We got it (the win) and we'll take it and it was a brilliant night". We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on.

Klopp's team are arguably the most like challengers to Premier League leaders Manchester City this season and Rodgers told The Mail on Sunday: "I want to see them do well, of course. I'm not sure what the FA will do in this situation". "They gave us a good game but we deserved the win and I'm glad we did".

Up against a new-look Everton side under new management in Marco Silva, the pressure was on the Reds to maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign, and that they did.

Yet that proved only a prelude to a freaky ending as Origi, brought on in the 84th minute playing in his first Premier League game since the beginning of last season, took his second chance to write his name into Merseyside derby folklore, sparking scenes of wild celebration typified by Klopp's sprint to rejoice with Alisson.

"We fixed that, kind of, and it always happens that the first step is it costs you a bit of fluency and creativity".

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