Divock Origi has been hailed as a ‘great talent’ by Brendan Rodgers, the manager who brought him to Anfield, in quotes reported by the Leicester Mercury.
The 2018/19 Premier League season began with Divock Origi as a squad player and likely to leave either in January or in the 2019 summer transfer window.
After his Champions League heroics, he is as close to being a starter as he has been for two years but is now almost certain to be handed a new contract and will stay at the club beyond this season.
Rodgers said: “We had him [Origi] at Melwood, the scouting team there had a wonderful presentation showing him from 15 years of age and we showed him how we would like to progress his game.
“He is a great talent. He hasn’t been allowed to show it as much as he would like because of the talent that is there, but he has shown his talent in the week and against Newcastle on the weekend as well.”
The Belgian has the best goal to minute ratio of any player at Liverpool this season, averaging a goal every 74 minutes.
Heading into the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona, nobody gave Origi a chance.
As so often happens when you write talented players off prematurely, the big man responded with two of the biggest goals in Liverpool history, scoring the goal to start the comeback and provided the strike that completed it.
He sent Anfield into delirium and essentially wrote his name into the Liverpool history books.
The only criticism that I and other supporters have is that Origi needs to learn how to celebrate match winners in more spectacular style as he tends to react very calm in the most thrilling moments.
His reaction to scoring the winner against Everton, Newcastle United and Barcelona was to jog to the corner flag.
Aside from that, the 24-year-old is everything you would want in a squad player.