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Unsung Hero: Aside from his goal, Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum also got through plenty of graft against Everton

Unsung Hero: Aside from his goal, Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum also got through plenty of graft against Everton

Liverpool’s 5-2 Merseyside derby win on Wednesday night kept them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and made it 14 wins out of 15 in the division this season.

In a hugely eventful first half, Divock Origi opened the scoring after just six minutes, with Xherdan Shaqiri then doubling the Reds’ lead with his first goal of the season. [via Sky Sports]

Michael Keane pulled one back for Everton before Origi got his second of the night and Sadio Mane made it 4-1 shortly before the interval. There was still time for Richarlison to find the net for the Toffees before referee Mike Dean blew for half-time. [via Sky Sports]

The second half was a much quieter affair, with just one more goal arriving and it came courtesy of Georginio Wijnaldum on the verge of stoppage time.

While Origi stood out with his two goals and Mane also caught the eye with a goal and two assists, the Dutch midfielder was having an excellent game even before his insurance goal in the closing stages at Anfield.

He won four aerial duels in the middle of the park, the joint-second most of any Liverpool player after Virgil van Dijk, along with winning one tackle and making two interceptions as he battled gamely to win possession for the Reds on multiple occasions against their Merseyside neighbours. [via WhoScored]

Wijnaldum had two shots in the game and recorded two successful dribbles, as well as being fouled twice, while he was also very effective with his use of the ball after winning it from the opposition – he completed 46 of his 51 passes for a 90.2% success rate, the best of the 11 men who started for Liverpool on Wednesday night. [via WhoScored]

The 29-year-old’s work-rate did not go unnoticed by some reporters. Henry Jackson of This is Anfield called his performance “selfless”, saying that “his physicality was hugely impressive and he held the midfield together”.

The Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle felt that he showed “lots of energy and got to grips with things after the interval”, while David Maddock wrote in The Mirror that Wijnaldum “had [a] big role in trying to keep side’s tactical plan together” and “did it well by and large”.

The Dutchman’s third Liverpool goal of the season was a just reward for his industrious and smooth performance at Anfield on Wednesday and, having been ever-present in the Reds’ last four Premier League matches and started all 15 so far this term, his display against Everton should safely ensure his presence in the starting XI for the trip to Bournemouth tomorrow.

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