Freak goal 'one of the most beautiful feelings' - Origi

By Football Whispers

One of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history, right at the end of the game, gave Liverpool a 1-0 win against local rivals Everton.

With mere seconds to go, Liverpool won a free-kick in their own half. Goalkeeper Alisson passed it a few yards forward to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played a long ball into the Everton penalty area. The ball bouncing everywhere, Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk took a swing, aiming to shoot, but the ball ballooned upwards, upwards, upwards.

His shot had been sliced so much that it began to dip back towards the goal, though. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford went to meet it as it fell towards the crossbar, but he failed to either catch it or tip it over the bar. It bounced once, twice on the crossbar, before falling back into play and onto the grateful head of Liverpool substitute Divock Origi.

"It is definitely one of the most crucial moments I have scored," the Belgian said after the game. "You could see the emotions. I am very happy of course!

"I tried to be ready. There was a lot of scuffles so I knew I had to be ready. I had a tap-in so it was good! I tried to use every good and bad moments.

"Those bad moments form you as a player. I try to play my game and enjoy it. Today it has paid off. Scoring as a striker is one of the most beautiful feelings."And in a derby it makes it even more special. It is a crucial three points for the team so we just have to keep going like this."

Origi had missed a good chance earlier in the game, shortly after coming on for Roberto Firmino, six minutes before full-time.

"I was happy I could rectify my error from the beginning. It's difficult as a player whenever you make a mistake," Origi continued, referring both to his own miss and to Pickford's mistake that led to his goal.

"Jordan Pickford seems like a very good keeper and, mentality-wise, he seems like a good lad so he'll learn from this."

Jürgen Klopp - never one for much of a poker face - was so overcome with emotion at the last-minute goal that he celebrated by running out into the Anfield centre circle.

"I have to apologise because I didn't want to be disrespectful but I couldn't stop myself," he said after the game. "It just happened!

"The game had unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. In the end it was a very weird goal. I can't imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night.

"The plan was not to run [onto the pitch to celebrate]! When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised! It was the last moment of the game. Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight. Both teams tried really to play football. No harsh things. The game was really good."

Both teams had good chances to score, with both goalkeepers having good games to keep the strikers at bay. Liverpool may have taken the lead earlier if they'd had their shooting boots on - they had 16 shots in the game but ten of them were off target, with three Everton blocks and three on target shots.

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