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Red hot: Sadio Mane celebrates with Divock Origi

Red hot: Sadio Mane celebrates with Divock Origi

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Red hot: Sadio Mane celebrates with Divock Origi

Liverpool stayed eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and dumped Everton into the bottom three after a thumping 5-2 derby win at Anfield.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise by naming Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench against their Merseyside rivals.

But their replacements Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, plus the irrepressible Sadio Mane, cut Everton to shreds.

Origi raced on to Mane's pass to put the Reds ahead and Shaqiri made it two with just 17 minutes on the clock.

Michael Keane beat Adrian to a cross from Alex Iwobi to halve the deficit, but a fine finish from Origi restored the two-goal cushion.

Mane sprinted the length of the field to tuck in Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass for the fourth before Richarlison struck in first-half stoppage time.

The scoring dried up until a minute from time when Georginio Wijnaldum buried the fifth.

Two-goal striker Origi was thrilled to play a major role in a Merseyside derby victory for Liverpool once again, meaning it is the the 18th league derby in a row, that Everton have failed to win.

"The manager showed us trust and we just had to repay it as much as possible, it's an important game," he said.

"I think the first goal just broke the game open, but the second one, I enjoyed that one."

And his delighjt was echoed defender defender Virgil van Dijk.

"It was very good. Most parts of the game were comfortable, we were very dangerous in behind. It was a well-deserved win," he stated.

"The players coming in were fantastic, it's good to see, we will need everyone in this long season. We have to use everyone and they all stepped up.

"Divock Origi was fantastic. A club record is great but we have won nothing yet, we want to go all the way."

Belfast Telegraph