Paul Merson hails Divock Origi for saving Liverpool with late winner
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Paul Merson hails Divock Origi for saving Liverpool with late winner

The Belgian was once again responsible for Liverpool winning a Premier League match late on and he has been the recipient of widespread praise.

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux was so frustrating. For 93 minutes, the home side defended excellently and thwarted their efforts.

It was that much more aggravating as Chelsea dropped points a couple of hours earlier, so to waste that opportunity would have been criminal.

When Origi was brought on in the 68th minute for Jordan Henderson, it should have been clear what might happen. It is not the first time (or even the fifth time) the Belgian has produced some late magic for Liverpool. There is an argument to be made over whether or not he’s the most clutch substitute Premier League striker of all time.

Whether or not that’s the case, Paul Merson said on Sky Sports News (5:24pm, December 4, 2021) that Origi has perfected the ‘art’ of impacting a game from the bench.

He said: “His touch and turn is phenomenal. It is a special goal to win a game.

“There’s an art of coming off the bench and doing well. Some players can come off the bench and do well, and some players come off the bench and it takes them forever to warm up and they never get into the game.”

That could not be further from the truth for Origi, as the Belgian seems to have gold dust sprinkled on his boots. He only ever scores amazing goals or ones that have huge repercussions for Liverpool’s season.

He took three shots in total, according to Who Scored. One was blocked, one was off target and the one that was on target found the back of the net. It sent Liverpool fans in the ground and around the world into pandemonium, as it allowed them to move above Chelsea in the Premier League table.

He took just 18 touches in his 25 minutes on the field, but it was the final two that mattered as he handed his side three of the most important points of the season given the context.

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