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Wijnaldum delighted for Origi's 'beautiful and deserved' impact against Everton

6:00 PM WAT 03/12/2018
Georginio Wijnaldum Divock Origi Liverpool
The attacker netted a late winner against Liverpool's local rivals in his first league appearance of the season, much to his team-mate's delight

Georginio Wijnaldum was happy to see Divock Origi get his chance to make a "beautiful" impact for Liverpool by scoring the winning goal in Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

The attacker came off the bench with five minutes left of normal time for his first Premier League appearance this season with the game still scoreless.

His decisive impact came in the 96th minute when Virgil van Dijk's shot forced an error from Jordan Pickford, allowing the Belgium international to head into an empty net.

The goal is no less than Origi deserves for his perseverance, according to Wijnaldum, who was impressed by the 23-year-old's performance.

"Everyone in the dressing room is delighted for Divock that he had that moment," the Dutch midfielder told reporters.

"He hasn't been playing but he has never moaned or complained. He has kept training hard and has kept doing his best in every session. He deserved that chance to play and the fact he scored and gave us the three points makes it even more beautiful.

"Every player in this squad is important. If a defender goes out we have another top defender who can step in. It's the same in midfield and attack. 

"When Divock came on he showed his pace straightaway with that run down the line. He was a threat to the Everton defenders and did so well."

The goal sparked a wild reaction from coach Jurgen Klopp, who ran onto the pitch amid the celebrations and has since been charged by the Football Association.

Although Wijnaldum hoped for a more comfortable win for his side, he saw the late winner as a sign of the Reds' determination to win every game.

"I've not been involved in many games that ended this way," he added. "It was so nice. We've tried to show all season that we're doing it as a team. We don't give up, we keep going until the end. 

"For a long time it looked like it was going to be a 0-0 game. We were lucky with what happened with the goal at the end but it's a big win for us.

"We played against a really good side. Everton had some good chances but we had the bigger chances.

"I would have preferred if we had decided the game earlier to be honest, but a win is a win and it doesn't matter when you score.

"Everyone already thought it was going to be a draw. And then how we scored was so strange with the long ball into the box, the header out and then Virgil [van Dijk] not shooting the ball so well!

"When Virgil shot that ball, nobody expected a goal after that. But it hit the bar and Divock was able to head it in."

The Reds are next in action on Wednesday against Burnley at Turf Moor as they look to keep up the pressure on Premeir League leaders Manchester City.