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It’s Divock Origi’s derby and of course he provided one last hoorah

Every single season this game is the most gut wrenching nerve-wracking 90 minutes for every football fan in this city.

Liverpool are in a title race which is going down to the wire and needed the win.

Everton are in a relegation battle which will go down to the last day so therefore of course they desperately needed the win.

What unfolded was something that you could have predicted because it seems to happen every single season.

Divock Origi against Everton.

It is inevitable every single time and when he was brought on the atmosphere was lifted around Anfield apart from the away end.

He was involved in the build-up for the first goal after linking up with Mohamed Salah expertly and he was in the right place at the right time to convert his sixth goal against Everton in 11 appearances.

In the first half the game of football itself struggled to get going as Everton dropped deep and Liverpool were slow moving the ball as Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled to create any clear cut opportunities.

The sparks were flying though as both sets of players were riled up and there was a few occasions when Liverpool players could have seen red.

Diogo Jota had a flying arm on Seamus Coleman whilst Sadio Mane had a couple of altercations which he only saw yellow for at the end of the half.

Frank Lampard’s blues had one half chance with Abdoulaye Doucoure being through but the angle was against him and he dragged his effort wide.

The second half began in the same manner and Everton had a contentious penalty decision go against them as Anthony Gordon, who was booked in the first half for diving, went down under a Joel Matip challenge.

So Klopp made the changes on the hour mark with Luis Diaz and Divock Origi coming on for Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.

Two minutes later the title contenders took the lead thanks to Andy Robertson who barely ever scores.

He nodded the ball home and if the fans in red could have chosen someone to score other than Origi it would have definitely been the Scot due to how much the fans in blue have a disliking towards him.

Liverpool then went onto have a ten minute period of domination in which it looked like Everton may crumble as Joel Matip had a header blocked off the line and then Salah’s volley went over the bar.

Demarai Gray in the 72nd minute made everyone’s heart stop momentarily as his bullet of a shot went just wide, he was so close to getting the Blues an unlikely equaliser.

That helped Everton’s confidence as they gained momentum forcing Alisson to punch a free-kick out unconvincingly then shortly after Dele Alli got in-behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and came close to finding Alex Iwobi in the six yard box but the goal scorer cleared it before he could get there.

With five minutes to go though Divock Origi put the final nail in the coffin of Everton’s hearts.

Substitute Jordan Henderson floated in a cross to Luis Diaz who went for a mental overhead kick which inadvertently found Origi’s head.

He could not miss and he was not going to miss this fixture.

It is his game and it may be his last ever one.

He had to have his say.

Everton will be glad to see the back of him whilst every red may just shed a little tear.

So the title race is back to where it was whilst the relegation battle takes another devastating twist for the blue side of Merseyside.

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