ONE shortly after Liverpool lifted the Premier League’s almost empty but electric Premier League trophy at Anfield in July 2020, it ended a 30-year wait for the title, something that caught the attention of observers inside the pitch. All the players and staff left the tunnel before one of them suddenly appeared: Divock Origi. He walked towards the center circle and in the cassette tape, put his hands behind his back and stared at the Cop. It was a curious scene but at the same time, it was a feeling, an unspoken one – it was a Belgian way of saying goodbye.
If he had said goodbye then it would have been a long time since just now, almost two years later, Origi is leaving Liverpool, the club announced on Thursday that the striker will leave when his contract expires at the end of the month. Milan, who recently became the Serie A champions, are widely reported to be his last place.
“A really special journey, with iconic moments in our history that have been delivered by ourselves @DivockOrigi time and time again… Thanks for everything, ”read a tweet from Liverpool’s Twitter account. He follows Origi’s honor guard after the victory over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League campaign, when he not only received applause from his teammates, but the club’s executives’ gifts, including owner John W Henry, stood out, happily bearing his name. digot. Overall it is very crowded for everyone, let alone the attacking sixth-team team.
But then Liverpool has always been a place where cult heroes are treasured, from Joey Jones and David Fairclough to Djimi Traoré and Lucas Leiva, and it can be argued that no one has done so little, but they are as much like Origi. Never to be a great goal – in his eight years at Merseyside there were only 41 in 175 appearances – but certainly a great goal, including three of the most famous in the history of the club. Va goal against Everton, and goal against Barcelona, and goal against Tottenham. Not surprisingly, Liverpool’s Twitter account on Origi reads as “the story”On Thursday, something that Jürgen Klopp did more than once.
It was first a room full of journalists before his Champions League team’s match against Genk in November 2019 and as a response after a reporter could not mention Origi when the names of the players who went to the Belgian club academy were shaken. Kevin De Bruyne is a leader and although Origi is not at his level, and never will be, the fact that he represented Liverpool and participated in winning six trophies, including the Premier League and the Champions League, is a place of great pride.
“I have known Divock since he was born,” said Michel Ribeiro, a former Genk midfielder who is the club’s first assistant team coach and worked with Origi during an experience as a technical coach at their academy. “His father, Mike, also played for Genk, so I saw that Divock grew up and worked with him from the age of eight or nine until he left us. [in 2010].
“He was a fantastic kid, always in good shape, always open to learning, and we saw from a young age that he had something special. It was one of those biggest perspectives and the hope was that one day he would. to play for a great club.He did that with Liverpool, which is fantastic.
This was, Ribeiro explains, Origi’s greatness combined with the great technique that showed him as a potential player. “Divock was taller than the other kids, but the good thing about him was that he was not only strong – his legs were good too. So we worked on his movement to show his ability to kick. run and increase the dribble.He picked it up wonderfully.
These qualities were demonstrated at the 2014 World Cup when Origi shone for Belgium, playing in all five of their games and becoming the first young player to score in a tournament after Lionel Messi in 2006. He was 19 years old, seemed to be able to do everything and Liverpool’s decision to sign him for 10 10m £ later that summer seemed like a decisive decision. “It has everything to be a world class,” said then-manager Brendan Rodgers. “I really believe that.”
Origi immediately returned on loan to Lille, where he had spent the previous four seasons, before regularly joining Liverpool for the 2015-16 campaign. It was a complicated time for the club, with Rodgers quickly sacked and replaced by Klopp. The change of manager could have been a disaster for Origi, but he progressed, scoring four times in three games in April, despite both legs of the epic Europa League quarter-final victory over Borussia Dortmund, he seemed to established himself as one. an important part of Klopp’s plans.
After the Merseyside derby came later that month when he scored again, Origi suffered league damage after a horrific defeat by Ramiro Funes Mori. The injury left him for a month, taking his starting place in the Europa League final and controlling his speed. Come on in the following season Origi was largely an alternative option – either from the oil or as a wound dressing.
Maybe it will happen anyway because Klopp went on to improve his team. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah spent the summers together and together with Roberto Firmino established one of the most exciting and devastating front lines that English football has ever seen. Origi was not at their level and it was obvious when he changed one of the three. Suddenly Liverpool’s attacking game was less soft, fast, imaginative and powerful.
Origi was loaned out again before the 2017-18 season, this time to Wolfsburg, and when he returned he found himself not only in the shadows but also out of position. He played more against the middle, as in the successful 2019-20 campaign he showed more as a left-winger than a center-forward – 21 times compared to 18, most of them appearing as substitutes.
To some extent, Origi was the victim of the school he received at Genk. As Ribeiro explains: “At the academy we always put the kids in different positions to complete them as much as possible. So Divock plays as a left winger, number 9 and 10, and you can play with the national team. see and [when he was] in Liverpool it is comfortable to come in from the basket. That’s how it’s often played. “
Ribeiro goes on to describe Origi’s term as “OK” during his time at Genk. It was generally the case in Liverpool, but there is still no denying that he was three times more than her in six months.
Heading into the 96th minute to win the derby, the striking right foot end completes one of the greatest comebacks in European football history and the low left foot drive to seal it the sixth European Cup not only shows the respect and quality of the Origi finish dide. but at the same time his ability to stay cool under pressure. For fans who visited Anfield in December 2018 and May 2019 and the Estadio Metropolitano in June 2019, will not forget the feeling when the ball hit the net. Ecstasy clean. A clean bed.
“I watched all three goals and then one in between [Champions League] last time I cried as a child because I was so excited, “Ribeiro says.” I actually sent a message directly to Divock after the game. Actually I always do that – even when he plays a normal game and scores goals I also send him a text that says ‘holy’, ‘big goal’, and he always responds by saying ‘thank you’. He’s just like him – a fantastic kid. “
But he is also entering his peak years and, thus, the desire to move forward is understood. It is also worth noting that no matter how much Origi dropped out of the lineup at Liverpool, he found himself not only behind Mané, Salah and Firmino but also Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz. The 27-year-old looked even lower than Takumi Minamino last season, although a muscle injury was involved and it was Origi’s honor that made an impact again when he played him.
There were six goals in 18 games that took several tracks to Liverpool’s Origi catalog of memorable shots, including a scorpion shot against Preston, a late win against Wolves and a header against Everton, his sixth goal in a row. In Merseyside, he makes the most useful overseas player in the history of the game.
Origi leaves Liverpool thankful for his time at the club, something clear from the message he sent on Twitter shortly after the despair and fear of Paris: “It was a special trip @LFC YNWA”. However, he may regret his complete defeat at the heights at Anfield. A player for a big event but not a lasting skill, the world Rodgers mentioned him. There were reasons for that, some got out of Origi control, and for a man who speaks four languages and is comfortable with human psychology, now has the chance to try and grow something new, on a personal as well as professional level.
“Divock is very good at sitting on the surface every week,” Ribeiro says. “He needs to play, to keep him hungry and show everyone what he can do. For me he is a complete player.”
Does Ribeiro have any final thoughts on Origi? “Not really,” he replies. “Divock knows I love him and want the best for him.” And so, of course, everyone does in Liverpool.