Indeed what a way to win a game. And not just any old game either. A high profile, intense Merseyside Derby at that. Talk about drama!!! It wasn’t just the bizarre goal itself, but of course the timing, the actual goalscorer and the occasion to go with it.
What A Way To Win A Game
Just in case you didn’t know I’m talking about Liverpool 1, Everton 0 from yesterday. A Divock Origi 96th minute winner sealing all three points for The Reds. Yes, Divock Origi. The almost forgotten striker who was loaned out last season to Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. His spell with Wolfsburg was brilliant to say the least. So, I think it’s fair to say that there weren’t that many Liverpool fans in the ground who were overly excited when they saw he was coming on for Bobby Firmino. The massively out of sorts Bobby Firmino might I add. Is it time to give him a rest?
To be fair to Origi he looked sharp as soon as he came on. His sharp turn on the touchline in front of the Main Stand leaving Yerry Mina for dead was particularly impressive. However his miss from a couple of yards out with about three minutes of normal time was met with its fair share of groans.
But to his credit and even more so with the winning goal he was willing to get himself into the danger zone in the six yard box. An area we haven’t too much of Bobby recently.
Full Time Scenes At Anfield
Needless to say it was bedlam in The Kop and the rest of the red areas of the ground after that goal went in. Check out the scenes here….
It was somewhat ironic and fitting that Origi scored the winner. To say he owed Everton one is a bit of an understatement. While enjoying his best spell at Anfield, Everton centre half Funes Mori curtailed, or to many Liverpool fans, effectively ended Origi’s fledgling Liverpool career with a cynical foul that earned him a deserved red card that also saw Origi stretchered off with a serious injury. That was back in April 2016. Fast forward to December 2018. Cometh the hour; cometh the man; cometh the payback.
It has taken Origi a long time to exorcise that particular ghost. The adulation poured on him at the end by the celebrating Kop must literally have been music to his ears. He deserved that moment. There is no doubt about that. As I say, what a way to win a game.
The Game Itself
Everton will no doubt feel aggrieved at the final outcome. To be fair they played really well. The transformation in them from the Sam Allardyce days only a few months ago has been quite remarkable. Marco Silva has some real quality players at his disposal and he has them playing some great football.
But before we get too carried away at any possible injustices at the final of the game let’s not forget that they have managed to come away from Anfield with a point when they have been totally outplayed. Case in point last season when a dubious Wayne Rooney penalty levelled things up when Liverpool should have been out of sight.
Yes, Everton played well yesterday and they had some good chances but don’t forget, so did Liverpool. The two chances that Sadio Mane had, Xherdan Shaqiri and Origi’s 87th minute effort to name just four should have all been put away.
Playing devil’s advocate I suppose a draw was a fair result. But to Liverpool’s credit they kept going and Jurgen Klopp’s substitutions were positive changes. So, on that basis fortune favoured the brave.
The winning goal was a personal nightmare for Everton keeper Jordan Pickford of course. Jubilant Liverpool fans have not been slow in taking to Social Media to give him the kind of stick the blue half of Merseyside levelled at Liverpool’s much maligned keeper, Loris Karius.
It was Pickford himself who announced that he wouldn’t make the same kind of mistake Allison Becker made in Liverpool’s game against Leicester City earlier this season. What goes around comes around maybe?
Anyway, a great win and much needed three points for Liverpool in their pursuit of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Yes indeed, what a way to win a game. Burnley up next at Turf Moor on Wednesday. We’ve struggled there in the past. Let’s hope we can do the business and another three points are added to our already impressive tally at this stage of the season.
Wherever you watched the game yesterday I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks Divock for that winner. Or should I also add, thanks Jordan!!