Dirk Kuyt, Sadio Mane, Gary McAllister and Virgil Van Dijk — a list of Liverpool players who have scored late Merseyside Derby winners and against all conventional wisdom, Divock Origi can now be added to that list as well.
The game looked all but over when Virgil Van Dijk put a hopeful cross into the box with seconds remaining and fans would have been forgiven for turning away as no one would have expected what was to come next as Jordan Pickford spilled an attempt to catch the ball right into the path of Origi, who couldn’t miss.
The scenes after the ball went in were electric — the noise inside Anfield was deafening while the image of Jurgen Klopp running onto the pitch to embrace Allison is sure to live long in the memory.
In fairness to Everton, they more than gave Liverpool a game, particularly in the first-half and looked far from the uninspiring, drab team that came to Anfield a year ago under Sam Allardyce. They could have easily scored if it weren’t for a world-class stop from Alisson to deny Andre Gomes’ header, along with the game-saving clearance from Gomez straight after.
The first-half could be described as a game of missed opportunites for both sides — Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes should have scored for the Ev, while Mane and Shaqiri should really have done better with chances of their own.
The second-half was much more balanced in Liverpool’s favour but it again looked a day where the team would be let down by a lack of potency in attack, with Firmino in particular looking far from his best.
Origi’s unlikely last-gasp winner though changed the entire complexion of the game and now Liverpool close the gap on Manchester City to only two points; with a winnable fixture away at Turf Moor midweek, it was imperative Liverpool picked up no less than 3 points this evening.
Although the performance was far from perfect and Origi’s heroics mask some of the more disappointing elements of the display, all that would be forgotten about thanks to the dramatic nature of the goal and rightly so.
Luck finally seems to be on Liverpool’s side this season and with moments of magic like this, hopefully we’ll look back on Origi’s winner in May as a monumental moment in the title race.