Ranking the Top Five Signature Moments for Divock Origi at Liverpool

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Ranking the Top Five Signature Moments for Divock Origi at Liverpool

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Ranking the Top Five Signature Moments for Divock Origi at Liverpool

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Last week, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp officially announced that Divock Origi would be leaving the club in the summer, as his contract is set to end at the end of the 2021-22 campaign. The 27-year-old forward has had some big moments throughout his time at the club, but which ones have been the most memorable? TWSN soccer analyst Christian De Block ranks his five favorite Origi performances in a Liverpool shirt:

5: Winner at Newcastle United Keeps Title Hopes Alive

In May of 2019, Liverpool traveled to Newcastle United with their title hopes on the line. The team would need a victory to give themselves any chance to catch Manchester City at the top of the league. Anything less than a win would all but end Liverpool’s chances of being crowned champions. 

As the minutes ticked down in the second half, Liverpool and Newcastle were tied 2-2. Klopp’s men were doing everything in their power to find a winner. In the 86th minute, midfielder Fabinho won a free kick in the attacking third. The team had two choices on the set piece, get an inswinging ball from the left foot of Xherdan Shaqiri or an outswinging ball from the right foot of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool chose the former, which ended up being the perfect decision. The ball from Shaqiri was excellent, placing it right in the Newcastle penalty box. Origi was the first player to attack it, as the forward was able to place his header into the back of the net to give Liverpool the 3-2 victory. 

Manchester City would go on to win the league in the 2018-19 season, but without that late goal from Origi, the race would have been over before Championship Sunday. Still, the Belgian international would have some magic left in the tank for the rest of the campaign. 

4: Orgi Grabs a Brace in a Convincing Victory at Home over Everton 

Near the middle of the 2019-20 league campaign, Liverpool hosted Everton at Anfield. At this stage of the season, both teams were going in separate directions. Liverpool were at the top of the table, looking to end their long title drought. Everton were near the relegation places, as Portuguese manager Marco Silva was running out of time to save his job. 

Liverpool pounced on a struggling Everton side, scoring the opener in the sixth minute. Forward Sadio Mané drove at the defense with pace, looking to create an opening. Divock Origi made a darting run in between the two central defenders. Mané found his teammate, who only had the goalkeeper left to avoid. Origi danced past Pickford, putting the ball into the back of the net to give Liverpool the early lead. 

25 minutes later, Origi would grab his second of the game. With the score 2-0, thanks to a goal from Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool were looking to add to their advantage. Central defender Dejan Lovern played a beautiful long ball over the Everton defense. Origi brought the ball down from the sky, taking a perfect first touch before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper to get his second. Liverpool would go on to win 5-2, helping their quest for a league title. That goal was reached months down the line, as Liverpool were crowned champions of the 2019-20 Premier League season.   

3: Late Goal Gives Liverpool All Three Points in an Emphatic Merseyside Derby

In December of 2018, Liverpool played their biggest rivals Everton at Anfield in a league match. For over 80 minutes of the game, neither team was able to create enough good chances to score. With Liverpool looking for any way to get all three points, Klopp turned to one of his forwards on the bench.

In the 95th minute, Liverpool had a free kick near midfield. Fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold put a long ball into the penalty area, looking for someone in red to get to it first. The ball would end up at the feet of Virgil van Dijk at the edge of the box. The central defender attempted to volley a shot towards the net, but skied the ball. 

Somehow, the mistimed shot bounced off the crossbar, giving Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford a chance to gain possession of the ball. Pickford never maintained possession, giving one Liverpool player an opportunity to attack the ball: Divock Origi. The forward beat the goalkeeper to the ball, knocking it home with a thumping header to give his team all three points in the Merseyside Derby.    

At that point in the season, Origi had barely played for Liverpool. The forward only had 12 minutes of action in all competitions, which came as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stages in early November. His late goal against Everton would prove to be a big one for the player. If that moment never occurred, who knows how important Origi would have been to the success of Liverpool for the rest of the 2018-19 season. 

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