Liverpool looked destined to see a golden opportunity to jump Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Wolves have thwarted the dreaded Reds frontline on several occasions and with 93 minutes left the scores stalled.
Substitute Divock Origi stepped up his efforts when his sublime touch, pivot and instant fire wowed Liverpool fans and coaching staff.
It was the latest in a long streak of important goals the Belgian scored in red, many of which came in the dying minutes or on big occasions.
Liverpool are hoping Origi can produce those kinds of moments more regularly in 2022 when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane leave for the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament will run from January 9 to February 6. Naby Keita will also participate with Guinea.
One school of thought has suggested Liverpool may tap into the January transfer window in search of a workaround.
Indeed, Adama Traoré – who impressed Klopp on Saturday – has been touted, with Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.
However, if Klopp’s comments after Wolves’ win are valid, he’s more than happy to let Origi fill the void.
Knock a dit (via Liverpool Echo): “We had to keep going and, yes, Divock Origi, the legend, came and finished for us. I love it!
“He’s an incredible finisher and if we don’t know that at Liverpool who should know? We have seen this so often.
“It’s difficult to have 500 minutes a week on the team because of the players we have.
“But Divock Origi is an incredible football player. He’s great at times like this.
“He doesn’t need a lot of momentum, he doesn’t need a lot of time to get into a game, especially not in this game today.
“It was his game, he could be 100% Divock Origi. In and around the box, use your body, use your technique, finish situations.
“He wasn’t lucky with the ball before, he was involved in a lot of good times and was a threat before he scored. This kind of goal, we see it a lot of times in training.
“Winning in the 95th minute is good, but when Div scores the goal, it’s even better. “
Even without Salah and Mane, Liverpool will have a choice between Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Origi and Takumi Minamino.
Origi had been heavily linked with a move over the summer, and Klopp previously admitted his surprise that concrete offers didn’t materialize.
Reaffirming this point, Klopp again made it clear why other parties did not give Origi a high enough rating to place adequate bids.
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“If I was at another club I would go for him,” he said (via Liverpool Echo). “I thought it would happen because he didn’t have a fantastic playing time.
“But I can’t believe if you don’t play for Liverpool you can’t be good. This team is exceptional, and if you’re here and number 12, 13 or 14, you are exceptional.
“I’m very happy he’s still here! I didn’t expect this to happen but I wouldn’t have been surprised (if he was gone).
“He’s a top striker, a top boy. It’s like that. He has been here in Liverpool for a long time. He scored some of the most important goals in the history of this club.
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