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Divock Origi is quickly writing his name into Anfield folklore, with yet another vital contribution in the Carabao Cup win over Arsenal on Wednesday.
His chances have been sparse since joining the Reds for £10m, with only 48 starts, but he has often made the most of his opportunities of late, and his last-minute equaliser capped off another memorable night at Anfield, to add to his Barcelona double earlier this year.
The Belgian has become a reliable player for Klopp and big goals like those mentioned above, as well as the last-gasp winner against Everton last term, the late header at St James’ Park and his Champions League final strike have moulded him into a fan favourite.
Supporters have recognised his contribution and respect what he has done for the club, with one suggesting he is reaching cult hero status.
Can we say Origi has stamped his name as a cult hero??
— Westsyde🚩 (@westsyde_bwoi) October 31, 2019
The greatest cult hero in Liverpool history. Divok Origi. He does what he wants! https://t.co/7KgXOQLbyA
— Ian Andrew 🇮🇪🔴⚪ (@ianorcaz) October 31, 2019
Yeah man! Anfield wouldn’t be Anfield without Origi…in the big games.
— StrategyMan (@TheInvestor20) October 30, 2019
It is not just goals that he brings to the side, however, and he led the youngsters by example against the Gunners, performing well in several key areas of the pitch, as his stats from WhoScored show.
It was a frantic evening of football but Origi twice showed brilliant composure to bring his side back into the game, and he proved why he is seemingly Klopp’s first-choice back-up to the front three.
The striker first equalised with a great turn and strike before reacting well to Neco William’s last-minute cross, cleverly adjusting his body to volley the ball home.
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Not many would be able to pull off such a feat but Origi seems to have a knack for it, and in doing so he has increased his popularity amongst the fanbase.
His manager won’t care too much about that, though, and instead Klopp will be impressed at the way he helped put the Reds on the front-foot, keeping the ball excellently throughout as well as creating chances for his teammates.
But ultimately it is Origi’s phenomenal tendency to pop up with vital goals at potentially season-defining moments – such as his last gasp volley on Wednesday – that he has become renowned for.
Sitting in the shadow of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is an immortalised cult hero for the Anfield faithful to cherish.