Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Divock Origi after Everton goal

  • Kobe Tong
Klopp and Origi at Anfield.

Divock Origi rounded off Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday afternoon.

In what could well be one of his final ever appearances for Liverpool, Origi continued his superb scoring record in the Merseyside derby by delivering the host’s second goal on the night.

With Andrew Robertson having broken the deadlock with a close-range header, Liverpool’s go-to man when it comes to dramatic goals once again delivered the goods in front of the Kop.

Origi scores vs Everton again

It might not have been a stoppage-time winner as it was back in 2018, but there was nevertheless a familiarity about the way Origi bundled the ball past Jordan Pickford from a few yards out.

And considering that the Belgian striker has struggled so much for game time this season, there was something amusingly inevitable about him grabbing such a huge opportunity with both hands.

Joke as we all might about Origi always scoring big goals for Liverpool, but it’s not even really a gag at this point because there have simply been too many crucial strikes for it to be a coincidence.

Liverpool 2-0 Everton Match Reaction (Football Terrace)

Klopp shows his love for Origi

And Jurgen Klopp is most certainly grateful for Origi’s ability to bail the Reds out when they need him most, showing his undying love for the 27-year-old when the final whistle blew at Anfield.

Brilliant footage showed the Liverpool boss embracing his substitute scorer as though he’d just won them the Premier League, underlining what a great relationship they have despite his limited game time.

However, the Origi love didn’t end there with Klopp going out of his way to wax lyrical about Liverpool’s cult hero in chief across a series of brilliant post-match interviews.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp heralded Origi by openly declaring: “We will never miss a player like him because if he leaves, he will explode wherever he goes.

“He is a world-class striker, he is a legend and will stay a legend forever. He doesn’t always make the squad which is ridiculous, but he is there when we need him every time.

“He was involved in both games; everything that we did in the second half, without Divock, wouldn’t have happened.”

According to Goal, Klopp added in his press conference: “He is a legend on and off the pitch. He is a fantastic footballer for me, and I know it sounds ridiculous as I don’t line him up often.

“He is a world-class striker, he is our best finisher definitely. He always was and everybody would say the same when you see him do these kind of things in training.

“Then, you see the quality of the squad and other players and it’s really hard I imagine [for him].

“Other players were not in the squad but in really good shape, I have really hard decisions to make because the boys all want to contribute and are responsible for the situation we are in.

“Everybody loves Div and rightly so. He was again very decisive. I’m very, very happy for him.”

Liverpool's Origi celebrates.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Divock Origi celebrates with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (obscured) after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on April 24, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Origi’s incredible legacy

You really do get the vibe within Klopp’s comments that Origi is just as destined for a Liverpool exit this summer as reports would have you believe with AC Milan having long been touted as a potential suitor.

But regardless of whether Origi moves elsewhere in England or to the opposite corner of the globe, we’re not sure there will ever be a reserve striker that will gain a better reputation than him.

From the latest in a long line of goals against Everton to unforgettable nights against Arsenal and Barcelona, Origi has left Liverpool fans with countless incredible stories to remember him by.

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