Divock Origi, a Liverpool legend and legendary star, was born

Divock Origi, a Liverpool legend and legendary star, was born

Divock Origi, a Liverpool legend and legendary star, was born
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Divock Origi is a name that Reds fans will remember for a long time. Although the laid-back Belgian international scored fewer goals than some of the forwards inducted into the club’s hall of fame, his position in the club’s history is as certain as the liver bird.

If the word ‘legend’ can feel like a ubiquitous superlative, managers rarely use it – but that’s exactly what Jurgen Klopp called Origi. The following are some of the causes for this.

If Origi had been a more consistent contributor for Liverpool, it’s hard to imagine that the 27-year-old would not have gained the respect and admiration he enjoys among those who have followed him since his arrival from Lille in 2014.

The prospect did not get off to a good start. Lille is thought to have pulled off a coup by re-signing Origi, who had become the youngest scorer in his country’s history at the 2010 World Cup, on loan for a season following his £10 million deal.

Origi repaid them with eight goals in 33 appearances and a 20-game goal drought, which led to him being named as the worst team of the season by French newspaper L’Equipe in 2015.

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A hat-trick in an EFL Cup match, a Champions League goal against Klopp’s former club Dortmund, and his first Premier League goals were among Origi’s highlights during a 2015-16 season cut short by an injury suffered against arch-rivals Everton.

During the 2016-17 season, Origi scored 11 goals in 43 games before spending the following season with Wolfsburg, where he scored six times.

Origi had shown his promise by that stage in his career, but his fans had little expectation of the epic drama that was to follow.

In England, scoring your first goal of the season in December is traditionally not a positive omen for strikers. Origi, on the other hand, scored a goal that would be at the top of any player’s wish list if they wanted to win over Liverpool supporters.

Origi scored the game’s only goal in the 96th minute after replacing Roberto Firmino a late replacement in the tense Merseyside derby against Everton. The enigma is about to take off.

Origi appeared to be hell-bent on scoring goals that would immortalize his name. One came in a crucial match against Newcastle in a tight title race, and the other two came on one of the most famous nights in Anfield’s history.

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Starting the second leg of their Champions League semifinal 3-0 down against a visiting Barcelona side including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s chances of reaching the final could have been regarded as bleak even before kick-off.

Liverpool had a chance when Origi scored in the seventh minute. In front of a skeptical stadium, Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in three second-half minutes to draw them level, and Origi’s 79th-minute clincher ensured chaos.

Origi’s bicycle kick against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and a brace against Everton as part of a long winning streak secured Origi’s spot in Liverpool’s 2019-20 title-winning season.

Apart from goals that were consistently spectacular in their timing or execution, fans had noticed how little Origi contributed. His unpredictability was heightened by his inclination to appear laconic to the point of indifference.

James Milner, Liverpool’s dependable model, gushed about how his team-mate was always smiling and appeared to be on ‘Planet Origi.’

Origi’s first Champions League goal since that 2019 final, sealing a 2-1 win at AC Milan to cap a perfect group stage for his side, returned in 2021-22, including an audacious heel flick to score at Preston in the EFL Cup, a last-gasp Premier League winner at Molineux, and Origi’s first Champions League goal since that 2019 final, sealing a last-gasp Premier League winner at Molineux.

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Origi announced his departure from Liverpool before the club’s final Premier League game of the 2021-22 season.

Despite being denied a playing swansong, owner John W Henry presented Origi with a trophy on the pitch at Anfield, where he was serenaded by fans.

Origi was unable to participate due to a muscle injury as Liverpool barely missed out on the league title to Manchester City, and it is easy to envision him signing out with a goal if he had been able to play.

Origi had a good 41 goals in 175 appearances for Liverpool, so it’s no wonder that he’s been connected with clubs like Milan.

Origi won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2019, and the FA Cup and EFL Cup in 2022, in addition to the Champions League.

Origi’s departure will be welcomed by Everton supporters. In April 2022, he scored his final goal for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Everton at Anfield.

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The man who was given a guard of honour following the Wolves triumph will not be performing any final heroics in a red shirt.

In the build-up to the match with Madrid, Klopp said, “Div is certainly out for the final because he injured himself in the last second of [our training] session.” “He’s got a muscle issue, so five days won’t be enough.”

Fans may have varied feelings about Origi’s versatility, but Klopp is unwavering in his praise for the super sub.

When word of Origi’s release broke, Klopp remarked, “For me, he will always be a Liverpool legend, and it has been a delight to work with him.”

 

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