Klopp: Origi is 'world-class'
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Juergen Klopp celebrates with Divock Origi of Liverpool after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on April 24, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Football can be poetic at times. 

Cast your mind back to 2018. Divock Origi had endured a tough season away from Merseyside after he joined Wolfsburg on a season-long loan deal.  It's fair to say the Belgian's time in the Bundesliga was an unsuccessful one as he only manage to muster up six goals in 31 league appearances. 

A goal-return that had Liverpool short on suitors in the summer of 2018. 

But just six months after returning to Merseyside, he found himself as the unlikeliest of heroes as he was on hand to pounce on Jordan Pickford's blunder in front of the Kop, as he kept the Reds' title hopes alive with the most ridiculous of goals. 

And three-and-a-half years later, the Belgian once again emerged from the sidelines to garner another Kop-end strike against the Blues, one that keeps Jurgen Klopp's juggernaut rolling in their bid for an unprecedented quadruple. 

Klopp was quick to praise the actions and attitude after the game, telling reports that he is the best finish at the club. 

"He's a legend, on and off the pitch, that's how it is", said Klopp. 

He added: "He's a fantastic footballer. For me, I know it sounds ridiculous because I don't start him often but he's a world-class striker. He's our best finisher, he always was and everybody would say the same. He's doing these things in training and then he's not in the squad because of the quality of other players, it's really hard I imagine. 

"But today, again, other players weren't in the squad but they are in really good shape. 

"Everybody loves Div and rightly so", the Liverpool boss continued. "He was again very decisive. I'm very, very happy for him."

It seems that could be Origi's final appearance in a Merseyside derby, with his contract set to expire at the end of this season. And if that is his final act in such a historic fixture, it's the most fitting way for a cult hero to depart.

 

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