Belfast Telegraph

Divock Origi focus

Divock Origi failed to fire at Goodison Park, but Liverpool found a way past neighbours Everton anyway thanks to Sadio Mane's stoppage-time winner.

Origi, 21, had answered the call to maintain the Reds' title push when Philippe Coutinho got injured and had scored five in five prior to this affair.

Yet he had already been replaced by the time Mane pounced to finish after Origi's replacement Daniel Sturridge had hit the post.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Origi fared on Monday evening.

POSITIONAL SENSE

Seemingly by accident on occasion, and by design on others, Origi spent large portions of the Merseyside derby operating in an ineffective wide-left berth. That meant he was not present when a loose ball instead came to Georginio Wijnaldum to fluff a first-time shot. In the second half when Roberto Firmino broke clear and was looking for options after Maarten Stekelenburg saved his attempt, Origi was not even in the box.

ATTACKING THREAT

The biggest chance of the first period did come Origi's way, though. From a move which swept from left to right, Origi was well placed to meet Nathaniel Clyne's cross and though the England full-back's pull across was slightly behind Origi, he should have done better than simply firing into the Everton fans behind the goal. That was the only occasion where he threatened the home side's goal in his 82 minutes on the pitch.

LINK-UP PLAY

Both Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori relished their aerial battles with the Belgian and the latter even stopped Origi going beyond him on the ground when faced up one-on-one, meaning he was unable to often involve others when Jurgen Klopp's side went more direct. Moments before he was withdrawn, Origi had two opportunities to put in a decent cross from the right but failed to pick out a red shirt with disappointing deliveries on both occasions.

OVERALL

The goal-scoring run ended for Origi and there was little evidence of the confidence he must have surely built up over it. His missed chance was one of the most notable on a tense evening prior to the goal and it was telling that Klopp replaced him for Sturridge when in need of that winner. With Sturridge heading back to full fitness, this was not the time or stage for Origi to turn in a poor performance.

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