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The Liverpool manager sprinted 40 yards from his technical area to leap onto goalkeeper Alisson Becker after substitute Origi had scored the most remarkable goal, profiting from an inexplicable error by Everton No1 Jordan Pickford.

But the Belgian forward claimed a place in Liverpool folklore by scoring six minutes into stoppage time to keep Jurgen Klopp's team just two points behind leaders Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Yet that proved only a prelude to a weird ending as Origi, brought on in the 84th minute playing in his first Premier League game since the beginning of last season, took his second chance to write his name into Merseyside derby folklore, sparking scenes of wild celebration typified by Klopp's sprint to rejoice with Alisson. "I told him how much I respect his work because it's incredible what he did with that team". Both Chelsea and Arsenal have made hugely impressive starts to the season under new managers in Maurizio Sarri and Emery respectively, but nobody really believes they can beat City to the title.

Chasing a first win at Anfield since 1999, Everton created the better of the openings in the first half, but found Liverpool goalkeeper Allison in inspired form. I can imagine all the disappointment of Everton in a situation like that. "I apologised immediately after to Marco Silva, I didn't want to be disrespectful. Not cool, but it happened".

Without Origi's victor against Everton, time would have been running out for Salah and Firmino to rediscover their form to fire Liverpool closer to City.

It was a game that looked surely headed for a 0-0 draw with both goalkeepers coming up big, but a blunder by Jordan Pickford in the final minute gifted Liverpool with a chance.

Arsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his goal in the 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London
Arsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his goal in the 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London

But prior to that error, especially during the first half, both Alisson and Pickford showed just how important they have both become to their teams. Our counter-press was really good and we stayed in the game until the end'. Football-wise, in a lot of moments [we were] really good.

"The game was what we expected". To be honest I didn't see it, I don't know what he did.

"We had our moments".

But Aubameyang levelled in the second half before quick goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira settled it, with Tottenham's misery compounded by a late red card for Jan Vertonghen. We had a formation for second balls, which is pretty rare in a situation like that because everybody wants to be in the box, wants to be the one who scores. And then you see that there's backspin and you see the ball hits the crossbar.

"As players, we know how much it means to us".

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