Divock Origi is not a name that comes to mind when thinking of world-class strikers; in fact, there have been 71 strikers who have scored more goals for Liverpool than him. The Belgian is not at the top of the list of Merseyside Reds all-time greats. Even so, only a few people can claim to have had more spine-tingling moments in their careers than this man. He only has 39 goals in 166 appearances, but almost all of those goals have resulted in the Kop standing at its feet and singing his name. His ratio of outrageous goals is truly unprecedented. Just when you think Origi’s story in Liverpool is coming to an end, he adds a new chapter. Just as you think you’ve convinced yourself that his race is over, he pulls you back in by demonstrating that he’s still got so much more in the tank. Let’s look at certain moments that have catapulted him to such fame.
The freak goal against Everton
One of the most bizarre goals ever scored, and to win it in the final seconds of a derby. Origi had to be in the right place at the right time after Jordan Pickford messed up, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar and back into the six-yard box. It is still his personal favourite goal. That’s quite something for a player who has scored two of the most celebrated goals in Liverpool’s long and illustrious European Cup history. There was also a personal redemption arch, after Origi’s Liverpool career was derailed by a red-card challenge in the 2015 Merseyside Derby. Furthermore, it was a defeat that sent the Blues into a tailspin after a promising start to the season. You could argue that they never recovered from their precarious position just outside the relegation zone.
Barcelona and the corner taken quickly
There’s no doubt that Divock Origi and Trent Alexander-tie-winning Arnold’s goal against FC Barcelona was a spur-of-the-moment piece of magic. But if you asked Origi, he’d tell you that this was nothing out of the ordinary for him. After all, he’s the man when it comes to late-game screamers, and he delivered. If an individual is placed in a similar situation nine times out of ten, they will fail, but not Origi. To quickly turn his body, spot Trent’s intent, latch onto the ball, and score a beauty. Only the Belgian could pull off such a stunt.
Arsenal in the League Cup
A League Cup game is unlikely to pique the interest of many fans. The matches do not promise a great deal of sublime football and drama. That is not the case when two of England’s top six teams are involved, and one of those teams is led by Origi. The match between Liverpool and Arsenal was to determine who would advance to the top eight of the 2019 Carabao Cup. With the other competitions in mind, Klopp decided to field a second-string team, whereas Arsenal played at full strength. A match that was expected to be heavily favored by Arsenal quickly devolved into a goal fest, with the score ending 5-5 and Liverpool edging them out on penalties. As for the man who led the game to penalties? Why, it was Origi himself. His 94th-minute scissor kick was enough to send the game to penalties after Liverpool had twice come from behind to draw level.
The winner against Wolves
Molineux is in the midst of injury time. The game is still scoreless. Chelsea lost in the early kick-off, and Liverpool appears to have squandered their chance to go top. Wolves have been tenacious in defence, and had managed to keep the score at 0-0, with Diogo Jota missing a great chance in the second half and Sadio Mane being denied late on by a fantastic close-range save from Jose Sa. The clock reads 93:35 when Virgil van Dijk plays a brilliant pass out to Mohamed Salah on the right side of the field. The Egyptian bursts past the covering defender with a perfect touch before darting into the box and cutting it to Origi. The rest is history.