Divock Origi has been a surprisingly key player for Liverpool this season as the Belgian has scored key goals late on in games on a handful of occasions.
The 24-year-old scored the winner against Newcastle United on Saturday to keep his side’s Premier League dreams alive heading into the final week of fixtures for the 2018/19 season.
And then on Tuesday evening, he made sure to be a part of another dramatic European night.
He scored the equaliser at Anfield when Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on aggregate and he scored two goals at Anfield against Barcelona to ensure the Reds won 4-3 on aggregate again.
The former Lille forward has had to overcome his critics time and time again and despite not being a regular starter, you would now find it impossible to convince a Liverpool fan that he is not a key player in this side.
He might only have seven goals while the likes of Mane and Salah have scored 25 and 26 respectively but the Belgian has a much better goals to minutes ratio.
Salah averages a goal every 161 minutes while Mane’s goals to minutes ratio is 172.
Divock Origi, who has played over 3500 minutes fewer than his attacking counterparts, is averaging a goal every 70 minutes this season and deserves to play more than he does.
The counter to this argument might be that he is actually better as an impact sub and that his strength, pace and fighting spirit are better suited to entering the fray when Liverpool’s opponents are tired and flagging.
While this would be a fair assessment, Origi scored two goals against Barca in the semifinals of the Champions League and given how sharp he has looked recently, that is no fluke.
Liverpool supporters and rival fans should no longer be surprised or shocked when he scores important goals.
Some players are drawn to stealing the headlines and it appears as though the big man is one such player.
Here’s to hoping he can score the winner in Madrid and etch his name into Liverpool folklore as one of the club’s greatest ever underdogs.