Jurgen Klopp reportedly had five words for Divock Origi before sending him on to win the game for Liverpool vs Wolves. The boss knew what he was doing.
Divock Origi. There’s only one, there will only ever be one. How lucky Liverpool are.
The Belgian did it again on Saturday, coming off the bench for Liverpool vs Wolves and delivering a massive goal. No, it wasn’t quite the decisive goal in a Champions League semi-final, nor the goal that sealed a European Cup.
But it is one that pushes Liverpool to the top of the Premier League (for now). On a day in which Chelsea dropped three points, a win felt vital in the title race.
The Reds struggled quite badly, however. Diogo Jota missed a very good chance with a first-half header before an absolutely bizarre miss when clean through on goal in the second. Sadio Mane just couldn’t get anything going all game, while Mohamed Salah was dispossessed 10 times on a rare off-day.
Jurgen Klopp threw Divock Origi into the mix, then, as a 68th-minute substitute. He changed Liverpool’s formation as a result, removing Jordan Henderson and going 4-2-4 against Wolves’ back three.
It worked, too. Origi consistently looked lively, linked play well and was Liverpool’s sharpest forward. That all came together in stoppage time.
Salah wasn’t going to let a game go by without some sort of influence and it was his run and pass that found Origi in the box. Origi composed himself with his back to goal, spun and fired a low, lethal shot into the back of the net.
It was a fantastic moment, finally putting Liverpool ahead of Wolves and settling the game. Pure Origi, then, and it sounds as though Klopp wanted exactly that.
Klopp relies on Origi for Liverpool vs Wolves
Origi reportedly revealed after the game that Klopp had just five words for him before sending him into the fray. Daily Mail journalist David Lynch overheard the revelation: “Go out and be Divock”.
Well, Origi certainly did that. If he’s known for anything, it’s these late, decisive goals and we can add another to the collection.
Nothing quite shows that like Klopp’s supposed words – he wanted Divock and that’s exactly what he got.