Liverpool are still seeking to strike the right balance between defensive solidity and attacking fluency, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Klopp reacted to the goal by running to the centre circle and celebrating with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
Klopp - never one to ignore the power of romanticism - was thinking about the striker's harrowing derby experience when he sent him on, sensing a debt was to be repaid.
Spurs led 2-1 at the break as quickfire goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane - the latter a penalty - had turned the game around following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's spot-kick for the Gunners. I didn't want to run to Ali - I couldn't stop, obviously.
Jurgen Klopp feels scoring against Everton can help Divock Origi to move on from his injury issues and thrive at Liverpool. They don't have the same respect for us that they have for Man City, for example.
The 232nd meeting between the Liverpool city rivals looked set to be heading for a draw when Pickford mishandled a high ball that seemed to be heading over his bar and spilled it out to Origi.
Liverpool were beginning to dominate even more than had been in the case in the first half, Salah, yet again, creating an opening as he passed back to the edge of the area for Mane to miss the target.
CLIVE BRUNSKILL GETTY IMAGESEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was livid after letting in the winner for Liverpool in bizarre circumstances
Without Origi's victor against Everton, time would have been running out for Salah and Firmino to rediscover their form to fire Liverpool closer to City. It's a style of play and I think that's the way Liverpool want to play as well.
Inside 28 minutes, Firmino found space near the edge of the box managed to pull a cut back to try and find the top corner with a curler, but Jordan Pickford saved easily. Both are likely to return at Burnley in a game which Liverpool should win comfortably, especially after the morale boost they earned by beating Everton. It may not knock City off their stride but while Liverpool continue to breathe down their necks, the prospect at least remains alive.
Jamie Redknapp said of the Brazil worldwide: "Firmino is having a hard moment, you can't deny that". "Nobody thought about the situation in the title [race]".
"In the second half we started to control the match on the field and we didn't deserve this result".
- Liverpool have conceded just five goals in their first 14 Premier League games this season; only Chelsea in 2008-2009 conceded fewer at this stage in a Premier League campaign (4 goals).
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