Jurgen Klopp's unbeaten side looked set to drop a precious two points in their dogged pursuit of City but they benefited from a freaky error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to win 1-0 and continue their Anfield hex over their city rivals.
Virgil Van Dyk's miss-hit, looping, shot confused Pickford, and while in slow motion appeared to be heading the safe side of the crossbar, in the heat of the moment Pickford scrambled the ball off the bar, but only back into play.
Liverpool stayed hot on the heels of Manchester City after a freakish late victor against Everton as Arsenal issued a powerful statement of intent on yesterday's Premier League derby day.
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. If I could describe [how I felt when Liverpool scored] I could control it and I probably wouldn't run on the pitch.
CLIVE BRUNSKILL GETTY IMAGESEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was livid after letting in the winner for Liverpool in bizarre circumstances
Another Chance goes begging for Liverpool! We had the better chances to score.
While undoubtedly one of the great goalkeepers, Seaman has a memorable mistake on his CV not just from his Arsenal days but also at worldwide level. But Liverpool can now travel to Burnley on Wednesday with their hopes still intact and their front two, they hope, one game closer to emerging from their slump. Let's get this party started!
Silva "It was a tough match and a tough result for us". Three changes for Liverpool, Fabinho, Shaqiri & Alexander Arnold are in.
Speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton, Klopp was asked if a disconnect has developed this term between a more conservative approach in midfield, and Liverpool's previously unstoppable frontline. Join me for all the latest news, team announcements and Live goals and highlights from the game! Divock Origi was the unlikely hero at Anfield as he scored from inches out in the 96th minute to ensure the gap between Liverpool and Premier League leaders Manchester City remains at two points.
The German said he had subsequently apologised to his Everton counterpart Marco Silva - something Silva claimed had not been the case. So stick around it promises to be one to watch!