Divock Origi and the Merseyside derby are one of Liverpool supporters’ favourite love stories.

Not since legendary former club captain Steven Gerrard has a player in red piled so much misery against Everton.

Liverpool FC v Everton FC - Premier League

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Origi, 25, has a stunning return in this particular fixture having clocked up five goals in just eight appearances against the old enemy.

His first Merseyside derby took place back in April 2016 where Origi opened the scoring during a 4-0 rout which also saw him blighted by injury following a hideous tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori.

Origi netted again 12 months later in a 3-1 win which proved crucial in Liverpool securing Champions League football that season before his next goal in this historic proved to be one of the club’s all-time iconic moments after he headed home a Jordan Pickford blunder in the 96th minute to send Anfield into raptures.

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And just for good measure, Origi showcased his appetite for this fixture was still present back in December 2019 where he scored twice during a 5-2 win.

It was Origi at his devastating best and was about as good as it got for the Belgian in what was a pretty underwhelming season for Liverpool’s Champions League hero last term.

He started just seven times en route to Liverpool’s title procession and is yet to feature in the league entirely this season.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Cedric Soares of Arsenal takes on Divock Origi of Liverpool during the penalty shoot out during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It was a real eye-opener when looking at Origi’s recent fall from grace when, despite making nine changes, Klopp chose to overlook Origi for the Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal, his decisive miss in the shootout culminated what has been a miserable start to the season for the former Genk prodigy.

With the recent introductions of Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino, Origi’s place in the team has never looked more questionable. Liverpool’s inability to offload either Xherdan Shaqiri or Harry Wilson have complicated matters further.

However, despite a slow start, Origi has become the embodiment of Klopp’s Liverpool legacy of turning doubters into believers. No player thrives better when recovering from setbacks and picking their moment at the perfect opportunity.

Origi has overcome a number of challenges since joining the Reds back in 2015, but with Liverpool’s squad currently the strongest it’s been in decades, this could prove to his greatest obstacle.

Whether or not he is involved against Everton could provide the biggest indication yet as to whether time is indeed running out for the legendary Anfield figure.

 

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