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Derby specialist Divock Origi comes off the bench to secure Liverpool’s victory as Everton appears to be doomed

The Merseyside derby rarely had such consequences for the top and bottom of the Premier League table, but the gap, the absolute gap, between Liverpool and Everton was seldom so great.

Liverpool strongly remains in the pursuit of the title and reduces Manchester City’s lead back to a single point, now with only five games left, and although Everton did not suffer the penalty he feared had fulfilled his greatest fear: he is now in the bottom three. The possibility of descent is a dawn, a growing and yawning reality.

Burnley’s victory at home with the Wolverhampton Wanderers sent Everton to 18th place, and although they showed militancy and spirit and scrapped long stretches of the match, it was not enough despite Anthony Gordon’s excellent performance. Next in line at Goodison Park next week is the former Frank Lampard Chelsea Club.

Yet Liverpool had to fight and fight hard to the end, and Divock Origi played his part again at a crucial moment as he stepped off the bench and his first touch seemed to help create a rare goal that brought floods of relief. around Anfield. And just as the nerves began to grow, it was Origi who scored the second goal – his sixth against Everton, more than any other team – to confirm the victory.

For Liverpool, it was a result that not only kept the dream of an unprecedented “four times” alive, but for some it was also an additional resistance to a possible “five” by helping to knock Everton out of the top competition for the first time. since 1951.

Before the kick-off, Everton fans turned their backs on the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” song and were encouraged to chant “go down” from cheerful Liverpool fans, especially after Origi’s goal.

The breakthrough came an hour, seconds after Jurgen Klopp threw the dice and made his rotations, which certainly had an immediate impact and again showed the strength to the depth he had developed. The changes again made a difference. However, it was the striker he inherited in Origi who played his part when Mohamed Salah exchanged passes with him as he worked his way to the right with Salah and then stood cross to the far post that Andrew Robertson encountered, which headed back. via Jordan Pickford and into the network.

However, Everton’s basic tactics were not exaggerated. It was a desperate approach and used a range of cynicism: from a clear jump from Gordon, who tried to trick referee Stuart Attwell into a penalty kick, for which he was charged, to wasting time from Pickford to Richarlison’s game. who fell twice and held his face, and then, the third time he landed on the lawn, when Attwell had had enough and ignored him, it sparked close combat. It started with a clash between Lampard and Klopp on the sidelines and went right next to each other as they shouted at each other, followed by Abdoulaye Doucoure, who put Fabinho up and all the players rushed into the game. Doucoure and Sadio Mane – for pushing Mason Holgate in the face, came out of disqualification – were warned and summed up the intricate and more than a little tense first half, in which Liverpool gained 86 percent possession but failed to score on goal.

The efforts of Mane, Diogo Joto, and Salah flew high or wide, and frustration began to grow. In fact, Everton had the best opportunity when Richarlison stole the ball from Thiag Alcantar and released Doucoeus, who had no pace to use the space in front of him. Instead, he pulled a low shot over the goal.

Everton was booed, which would please Lampard, who will also be pleased with his team’s fighting spirit and predation, while Klopp will be furious at Liverpool’s lack of fluency and slowness and the way he played into his opponents.

Liverpool needed to speed up the pace, and there was certainly more urgency in the recovery, but it also meant he was vulnerable to a counterattack, especially when Trent Alexander-Arnold pushed the field so high. Everton broke up with Gordon when he was chased by Joel Matip, but the appeal was waved off before the wing was played by Alex Iwobi. This time he pulled the wound out.

After Robertson struck Liverpool, he increased the pressure, Pickford denied Luis Diaz and Holgate Matipa’s goal from the goal line, but another warning came as Demarai Gray fired right next door and Alisson tried to cover. Liverpool needed the comfort of a second goal, and it was inevitably Origi who provided it when Substitute Jordan Henderson won the corner with Diaz’s scissors acrobatic kick, which struck Origi, who headed home from close range to confirm the result.