Liverpool’s Divock Origi talks to The Athletic
Writing in The Athletic, journalist James Pearce has posted a long interview with Liverpool forward Divock Origi.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 12, 2019
Origi is now a cult hero at Anfield, following his incredible second-half to the 2018-19 season.
Previously, many had considered Origi a no-hoper at Liverpool.
Few expected the Belgian would be so highly regarded after a poor loan spell at Wolfsburg.
However, as shown against Norwich on Friday night, Origi is now a real option in Liverpool’s attack.
Origi opened his season with a goal and assist against the Canaries.
Everton & Barcelona
Perhaps the highlight of Origi’s interview came in discussing his three massive goals last season.
The first one, which changed everything, came in the Merseyside derby against Everton.
In an unforgettable moment, Origi scored a maddening 96th minute winner against the Toffees.
On his goal against Everton, Origi still can’t believe how he reacted:
I still don’t know why I went to get the ball out of the net when I scored. I think my mind was just on zero.
After a few seconds it all started to sink in.
There was so much tension around that game. There was big expectation on us to beat Everton and to contribute like I did made me so happy.
The work I had put in started to pay off.
Liverpool went on to finish second in the Premier League, while they won the Champions League.
In the semi-final, Liverpool performed a miracle against Barcelona.
After losing 3-0 in the Camp Nou, Liverpool won 4-0 at Anfield, with Origi scoring the winner.
The Belgian revealed that he always believed Liverpool would go through:
Crazily enough, in Anfield with our special team and with our supporters, my gut feeling before that game told me that 4-0 was possible.
I know that Trent is an instinctive player. When I looked up, I saw the ball coming.
I had maybe a second to readjust. I looked to my left and I saw that Gerard Pique was in part of the goal so I had to put it in the far corner.
Thankfully, it was well executed.
Scoring in the Champions League final vs Tottenham
Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final.
Mo Salah scored from the spot after just two minutes, while Origi came off the bench to bag a second three minutes from time.
On scoring against Spurs, and winning the Champions League, Origi revealed:
In that moment it felt like time had stopped.
First of all, you don’t hear anything. You walk, you see the supporters, an unbelievable feeling…
I didn’t get any sleep that night. We partied and I think in the space of 48 hours I slept for about two hours.