Divock Origi reaffirmed his cult hero status among Liverpool fans as he scored against Everton yet again.
The Premier League leaders put five past the struggling Toffees and Origi got two, but it was his second that will be spoken of when this Merseyside derby is discussed in years to come.
Taking down Dejan Lovren’s long ball, his first touch was superb and the finish even better as he lifted the ball over Jordan Pickford.
That strike was his fifth in this fixture and followed on from the injury time winner he headed in when the two Merseyside rivals met at Anfield last season.
It also means Origi has netted more times against Everton than a huge number of Liverpool greats since the Premier League era began.
The Belgium forward’s five goals are bettered by only Steven Gerrard (10) and Robbie Fowler (6) in all competitions since 1992.
He has scored more times against the Toffees than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – the three attackers who regularly keep Origi out Liverpool’s starting line-up.
While he may have only struck once in the history of this meeting, Salah’s goal against Everton in December 2017 did win him the Puskas award.
Origi’s five goals in all competitions against Everton is equal with Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez’s tallies in Merseyside derbies since the start of the Premier League era.
Based on all-time goals against Everton, Ian Rush is the current Liverpool record holder, though only one of his 15 goals came after the Premier League was founded in 1992.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who worked with Origi during his time as assistant manager of Belgium, praised the Liverpool forward’s performance on Wednesday.
“You can see how mature Divock Origi is now,” Henry told Amazon Prime Video. “He mentioned team, group and youngsters, every time we tried to ask him questions about making history, he mentions again team, group and youngsters.
Also on target for Liverpool were Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum as they maintained their eight point gap over Leicester at the top of the table.
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