Divock Origi was the forgotten man of Liverpool Football Club going into the start of December 2018. The Belgian had barely figured in the season so far and had endured a difficult loan spell in the previous campaign in the Bundesliga at VfL Wolfsburg. In fact, it seemed like he would have to leave Anfield in the search for more first-team football.
His role changed with a vital contribution in the first Merseyside Derby of the season at Anfield. Origi had been brought on late in the match for the out-of-sorts Roberto Firmino as Liverpool desperately looked for a goal to break down a strong Everton defensive performance. Having already hit the crossbar, his moment arrived in stoppage-time.
With the last attack of the match, it seemed like Virgil van Dijk’s miscue was going to end the match in a 0-0 stalemate. Origi though remained alert and as Jordan Pickford made a complete mess with dealing with the situation, Origi’s instincts saw him in the right place to punish the England no.1 goalkeeper in the most amazing and daftest fashion.
LFC legend and Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher summed the mood up: “This place has gone berserk! What was Jordan Pickford doing?”
Origi’s career had been revitalised. He scored further crucial goals in the season against Newcastle and in the sensational UEFA Champions League semi-final comeback win over Barcelona. The season ended with him scoring the second goal to wrap up Liverpool’s UCL final win over Tottenham Hotspur and he signed a new long-term contract to remain at the club in summer 2019.
Divock Origi has gone from forgotten man to LFC club hero and all in the matter of a single year.