Liverpool striker Divock Origi insists another magical Merseyside derby moment is not something he takes for granted.
The 27-year-old helped set up Andy Robertson’s crucial first goal just minutes after coming off the bench before scoring his sixth goal in nine games against Everton late on.
Despite his lack of pitch time, Origi has become something of a cult hero for the fans as, in addition to his derby contributions, he played a huge role in their 2019 Champions League victory after scoring two goals in the famous comeback in the semi-final against Barcelona before finding the net against Tottenham in the final.
However, his days at Anfield appear to be numbered, with his contract set to expire in the summer as he will not have played enough games to trigger a one-year extension.
The Belgium international has made just five starts in 16 appearances this season, including only one since early December and his last inclusion in a Premier League first XI 15 months ago.
He still managed to produce some significant contributions, with a 90th-minute winner against Wolves in December followed by the goal that secured a record six out of six Champions League group stage wins three days later.
His close-range header against Everton, around the same spot where he scored the derby winner six minutes into added time in December 2018, was another to endear him to fans, who will have mixed feelings about his planned departure.
“It’s amazing. Honestly, I don’t take it for granted,” said Origi, who sparked interest from Atalanta in January with Lazio, Juventus and AC Milan reportedly keeping tabs on him now. at liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s such a pleasure to be able to play football at the highest level, to win these games – for the club it means so much, for me it means so much.
“After the game you can look back (and) be happy, but especially now. Pick it up, put it in the luggage and take it to the next game, and hopefully keep the momentum going.”
Given Origi’s history, it wouldn’t be surprising if he played a crucial role in the club’s quest for an unprecedented treble and he’s fully prepared for it.
“For me, as a player, it’s about staying ready: try to put in some extra work to improve what you may have missed during playing time, then come in and make plays,” he said. -he adds.
“You can’t know what’s going on before the game, you can just be as prepared as possible and once you know you’re well prepared, you can go in and enjoy the game.
“That’s what happened (against Everton) and obviously goals help the team, that’s the most important thing.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp has regularly sung his fringe striker’s praises, even joking that he could write a book about the Belgian’s exploits at Anfield.
“He’s a legend on and off the pitch. He’s a fantastic footballer for me,” the Reds boss said.
“I know it sounds ridiculous because I don’t field him often. He’s a world-class striker, he’s definitely our best finisher; he always has been and everyone would say the same.
“When you see him doing these kinds of things in training and he’s not in the team because of the quality of the other players, it’s really difficult.
“Everyone loves Div and rightly so. He was very decisive again and I’m very, very happy for him.”