Victory over relegation threatened Sunderland didn’t come easy for Liverpool this weekend.
Despite Jurgen Klopp’s men having broken records with their goal scoring this season, the Black Cats proved a thorn in their side. In fact, it wasn’t until the 75th minute that the Reds were able to demolish David Moyes’ double decker bus.
One of the goal scorers proved Divock Origi who, in finding himself on the score sheet, broke his league duck for the season. As the statistics show though, he is absolutely lethal off the bench.
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War of attrition
Sunderland promised to make it difficult for Liverpool and they certainly delivered.
The Black Cats may find themselves lingering in the relegation zone, but they stifled a side that have been scoring goals for fun. In fact, the away side even created a handful of chances themselves via Victor Anichebe and Jermaine Defoe.
The Anfield side displayed no less than 80% possession in the first half, yet no clear chances came as a result.
It was only when substitute Origi found the net that the wheels came off. The Belgian’s cross-come-shot evaded the Sunderland defence and Jordan Pickford before nestling in the bottom corner.
Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino have been favoured up front this season, yet Origi proved the difference on this occasion.
Furthermore, Liverpool killed off the game via a delicious James Milner penalty in time added on. 2-0 may appear a reasonably comfortable scoreline, yet it was anything but.
However, let’s focus on Liverpool’s first goal. After all, Origi produced some rather interesting numbers in finding the net from the bench once again. It’s fair to say he has a knack.
According to Sky Sports and thanks to Opta, a number of statistics have been revealed that demonstrate just how much of a super sub the 21-year-old is.
The strike means no one has scored more league goals at Anfield from the bench than Origi. Only Ryan Babel can match his tally of four.
Similarly, it moves the Belgian to within touching distance of the overall substitute goal record for the club in the Premier League. His tally of five is inferior only to Babel, Sturridge and Christian Benteke who all have six.
Incredibly too, five of Origi’s six league strikes for Liverpool have come as a substitute, as shown below:
Therefore, it serves to show the super sub Klopp has up his sleeve. If Liverpool are in need of a goal late on, then he’ll have a forward ready and waiting to make an impact once again.
Besides, his dramatic late equaliser against West Bromwich Albion last December came in the 96th minute, so it’s never too late.
Origi still has a long way to go to emulate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though. The Norwegian famously scored four goals off the bench against Nottingham Forest in 1999. Not bad.
Nevertheless, with a winner in his back pocket already this weekend, we’re sure he won’t be that fussed.
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