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Could derby winner give Divock Origi a Liverpool reprieve?

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Could derby winner give Divock Origi a Liverpool reprieve?

Coming off the bench for his first Premier League appearance of the season in the 84th minute of a tense Merseyside derby, Divock Origi may feel that it was his last big chance to shine for Liverpool and he certainly delivered with a poacher’s finish deep into injury time.

The Belgian has been frozen out having disappointed on loan in Bundesliga last season and then been woeful in pre-season. Since then, he’d made just one appearance as a cameo substitute in a shock defeat in Belgrade.

Included on the bench for a league fixture only twice before Sunday, few expected him to be involved at all, but his last gasp goal proved to be decisive.

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp embraces Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 2, 2018. – Liverpool won the game 1-0. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

It will provide a major confidence boost to the forward, who has fallen behind Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order, and could look to revive his Anfield career as it had looked set to be over.

 

Now that he is back in the scene, and in the hearts of fans who enjoyed an unforgettable moment thanks to his header from only yards out, Origi may have a fresh chance to prove himself.

Fixtures are coming thick and fast for the Reds and he may well have an opportunity to show what he can do. Failure to do so again would spell the end, but it’s a chance few expected him to get.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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