Jurgen Klopp hailed ‘legend’ Divock Origi as one of the best finishers he’s ever seen
Jurgen Klopp hailed ‘legend’ Divock Origi as one of the best finishers he has ever seen after the Belgian scored another crucial late goal for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp praised Divock Origi as one of the best finishers he has ever seen after the Belgium international scored a dramatic added time gain for Liverpool at Molineux.
Liverpool looked like they would not score for the first time this season, until Origi, who had come on for Jordan Henderson in the 67th minute, finally broke through in the fourth of five minutes of extra time to crush Wolves.
The Belgium international turned to Mo Salah’s cross to send a close-up shot past Jose Sa to ensure the Merseyside club took advantage of Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham to jump their title rivals into second place.
Jurgen Klopp praised Divock Origi as one of the best finishers he has ever seen
Origi rarely starts as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are all ahead of him in Klopp’s pecking order, but he has a habit of scoring crucial goals – he scored two in the famous Champions League win over Barcelona and one in the final against Tottenham in 2019 and has scored five in Merseyside derbies.
Klopp expected a club to try to sign him last summer – and fully expect interest when the window opens in January – but don’t want to lose him.
“Divok Origi, the legend, finished it and it’s a great story,” he said.
The Belgian scored a winner in the 94th minute as Liverpool defeated Wolves 1-0 in Molineux
“When he came in, I told him it was his game. We often see goals like this in training.
“Winning in the 95th minute is great, but scoring Div is even better. He has scored some of the most important goals in the club’s history.
“He’s an incredible striker, for several reasons he didn’t play that often, but I hope one day he finds a manager who plays him more than me.
“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our [front] three, he doesn’t play all the time, but he’s a very positive kid, loves the club, wants to contribute and he did it in an incredible way.
It was the latest entry in a series of crucial goals Origi has scored for Liverpool over the years
The Belgian is a cult hero at Anfield after his goal in the 2019 Champions League final
“If I were to play at another club, I would go for him. I thought that would happen, but I can’t believe that if you don’t play for Liverpool you can’t be good. But I’m very glad he’s still here.’
Klopp was hugely relieved to take all three points after Liverpool missed several good opportunities and looked as though they would not score for the first time this season.
“It’s really important and it feels big,” he added. “We said it after the game, it was like in our good old days, two years ago, when we really needed it. l
“It’s an important skill to stay positive until the end. It hasn’t been needed too often this season, but it’s still an incredibly important skill and thank goodness we were able to showcase it today.
Klopp insisted Liverpool deserved the win as they controlled the game but couldn’t score
“It’s not a happy win, we had chance after chance but we didn’t score. I think a point would have been lucky for Wolves.”
Wolves failed to score for the fourth time in five games, but boss Bruno Lage said:
“My players have done everything I asked of them. We have caused a lot of problems for Liverpool. It [conceding a 90th minute goal] has happened twice for us – against Leeds and now today. We are disappointed, but this is football. we have to move on’