Peter Crouch absolutely loves 'special' £82,000-a-week Liverpool player
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has heaped praise on Divock Origi after Saturday’s late, late show.
The Belgian popped up with an injury-time winner to briefly send Liverpool to the top of the Premier League.
Origi hasn’t been a great goalscorer during his time at Anfield by any stretch of the imagination.
What he has done, however, is build a reputation of a cult hero, renowned for several vitally important goals.
Origi has struggled for game time this season but Jurgen Klopp did hand him the chance to enter the action on Saturday.
His late goal sent the away end into their raptures and flexed Liverpool’s title credentials.
Crouch has said in his Daily Mail column that it takes a special kind of character to perform such a duty at a huge club.
He said: “Another late show to go with the rest of them for Liverpool cult hero Divock Origi.
“Do not underestimate what a tough gig he has there, with only 34 starts in six-and-a-half seasons.
“There’s always the assumption that they’ve no desire to play. People put you down. It takes a special character to accept that role. It’s hard, there are a lot of dark days.”
Important: Origi proving vital to Liverpool title chances
Interestingly, Saturday’s goal could win Liverpool the title. It may sound extreme but with how tight the Premier League is, it could be a slender margin for victory this season.
Origi has been a reliable super sub at Liverpool and he’s clearly not fazed by not playing too much regular football at Anfield.
The £82,000-a-week performer does often play second fiddle but it’s integral for Klopp to have some options on the bench.
With the AFCON coming up later this season, Origi could find himself earning more game time as the season progresses.
The challenge for him at this stage is to keep scoring goals when he does have opportunities and try and impress Klopp further.
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