Divock Origi has scored some of Liverpool’s most important goals of the last five seasons. The Belgian striker was at it again versus Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on matchday 15 with a second-half stoppage-time winner.
The Belgian has had a hot and cold career at Liverpool. Beset by injuries, Origi has often looked more likely to leave Anfield than to stay and score double-digit goals. Yet, the talent has always been there and after scoring the winner versus Wolves, manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his love for the striker but acknowledged Origi’s lack of playing time.
“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life,” Klopp said. “In this great team, with our (front) three, he doesn’t play all the time but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did in an incredible way.”
Here is a look back at Divock Origi’s most important goals for Liverpool.
5. Debut goal against Southampton
Origi arrived from Lille in 2015 for £11.37 million. Looking back on his transfer, Origi was a bargain for Liverpool. He didn’t hit the ground running upon joining the club full time, however.
It wasn’t until December 2015 during a 6-1 EFL Cup win over Southampton that Origi got his first Liverpool goal. Origi didn’t get just one goal on the night. The striker scored a hat-trick to lead the team to a resounding win.
4. Late winner versus Wolverhampton Wanderers
Okay, this just occurred during the 2021-22 Premier League season, but the impact of scoring the winner versus Wolves could have title implications come May.
Virgil van Dijk’s long ball to Mohamed Salah was expertly controlled and played into the penalty area to Origi. The Belgian controlled it with his back to goal, spun, and shot with his leg foot, putting it past Jose Sa.
3. ‘Freak’ moment versus Everton
Liverpool were fighting Manchester City tooth and nail for the Premier League title in 2018-19. The Reds came up short but went down to the final day of the season battling.
Liverpool may have not fought that long for the championship had it not been for Origi’s winner against Everton in December at Anfield. Used as a substitute once again, Origi came on to settle things.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long punt was cleared by Everton’s defence only for Virgil van Dijk to let loose a shot that was palmed by Pickford up into the air. The ball then ricochetted off the crossbar and down to Origi. He coolly nodded the ball into the net, which Pickford had vacated. The goal continued Liverpool’s title fight.
2. Champions League goal versus Spurs
Origi was instrumental in Liverpool reaching the 2018-19 Champions League Final. Roberto Firmino was removed by Klopp on 58 minutes giving Origi 32 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur.
The striker’s goal was a pinpoint strike low into Hugo Lloris’ goal. It was the perfect way to end his best campaign at Anfield and the goal iced the game for Liverpool in a dominant performance in Madrid.
1. Two-goal Champions League semifinal
Liverpool were three goals down and without several key first-team players due to injury going into their Champions League second leg semifinal match with Barcelona in 2019. It was a magical night at Anfield and one that still raises goosebumps on the skin of fans.
Origi’s first goal got Liverpool on the scoresheet as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s parry went straight to Origi’s feet to score.
Origi saved the best for last, however. He scored Liverpool’s fourth from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s incredibly quick corner that caught Barcelona’s defence napping.
“I saw a ball on the pitch and I wanted to give it back to the ballboy, so when I did that I was walking back but people took some time to come into position so automatically I was looking at who was taking the corner because depending on that it changes my positioning,” Origi told Liverpool’s official website.
“When I was looking I could see Trent looking up and I think we made brief eye contact and I could see that he was going to do something instinctively, so when he whipped that ball in I looked up before I could kick the ball and I saw that Pique and Ter Stegen were more in the middle and the left side was open.
“It was quite a hard shot and I was just happy!
“When it went in, it happened so quick. Even mentally to realise it takes a while and it was a key moment.”
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