Jurgen Klopp has said that Divock Origi’s second goal against Barcelona in this season’s Champions League semi-final was the best goal he’s seen in his life.
Talking to the Telegraph, Klopp could not have been more effusive in his praise for Origi’s strike, which booked Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final for a second straight season.
Klopp said: “At 2-0, atmosphere changes. Then 3-0. Wow. Then 4-0 with the best goal I ever saw. Goal of the season. So difficult. Not only Trent’s corner but the shot which nine times out of ten is over The Kop.”
Origi’s goal created a huge amount of buzz, because of its importance and the quick thinking of Trent Alexander-Arnold to set it up – but it is still surprising to hear Klopp say it’s the best goal he’s ever seen.
The German is prone to hyperbole, but even accounting for that, it’s high praise indeed for a player many people might not have even expected to even still be at Liverpool now.
For a fringe player to make such an outstanding contribution is testament to Klopp’s man management skills and the way he keeps every member of his squad motivated and feeling valued.