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Van Dijk hails ‘fantastic’ Origi as Liverpool spank Everton 5-2 in Merseyside Derby

Virgil van Dijk has hailed Divock Origi after the forward scored twice in Liverpool’s 5-2 Merseyside derby destruction of struggling Everton at Anfield.

The Premier League leaders heaped more misery on the under-fire Marco Silva and Everton with a ruthless display of attacking football, Origi opening the scoring after just six minutes following a superb pass from Sadio Mane.

Xherdan Shaqiri would double Liverpool‘s advantage, though Michael Keane would pull one back for the visitors in an entertaining first half.

Origi would score his second in brilliant fashion following a long pass from Dejan Lovren, Mane then getting in on the act with Liverpool’s fourth before Richarlison’s instant reply made it six goals exchanged between the two sides before half-time.

After a breathless first period the second half would pass relatively incident free, Georginio Wijnaldum’s last-minute goal adding gloss to the scoreline for Liverpool who maintained their eight-point advantage at the top of the division.

Van Dijk hailed his side following their latest win, victory extending the Reds unbeaten run to an all-time club record of 32 league games.

The Dutchman also reserved special praise for two-goal hero Origi, who was given an opportunity from the start in a much changed Liverpool line up that saw Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino named amongst the substitutes.

“It was very good,” Van Dijk told Amazon Prime.

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

“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.”

Liverpool will look to continue their unbeaten start when they travel to face Bournemouth this weekend, whilst Everton will hope to bounce back when they host Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

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