One of the heroes as Liverpool defeated Barcelona in the Champions League last night was Divock Origi. The Belgian scored twice as Liverpool claimed a 4-0 win at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp.
One man who was clearly very impressed with the performance of Origi was Alan Shearer. The Premier League’s leading scorer of all time was on BBC 5 Live commentary for the game and was blown away by Origi’s performance.
“We’re talking about Busquets, Suarez, Pique and the best player I’ve ever seen, Messi, and they could not handle it, they could not handle the pressure.
“Origi’s hold-up play, his finishing, he ran Barcelona ragged and they couldn’t handle him. He was superb.”
Origi has been a surprise revelation this term. Many considered his time at Anfield to be up.
In the summer he was linked with several teams and an exit from Anfield seemed very likely.
He struggled during a loan spell at Wolfsburg last term and it seemed unlikely that he would be having much of an impact on Liverpool’s upcoming season.
However, he scored a crucial goal against Everton earlier this season, again against Newcastle United at the weekend and last night with his brace against Barcelona.
Origi has now surely played himself into a role under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Even if he doesn’t have a long-term Liverpool career, he now holds a place in Anfield folklore for eternity.