Back in October, it was reported that Liverpool were willing to allow Divock Origi to leave the club if an offer exceeding £20m arrived for his services.
The Belgian international had made just three appearances before the winter transfer window, all of which were from the bench as he looked to have no real future at the club – his game time added up to a measly 83 minutes before the turn of the year.
Daniel Sturridge was the preferred option ahead of Origi, who had just spent the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign out on loan with Wolfsburg without making an impact, and things looked bleak for the former Lille striker at Anfield.
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If the Reds had received a suitable offer for the 24-year-old back in January, their season would have turned out vastly different.
For a start, the Premier League title race would’ve probably been over before the final day, as it was Origi’s late header away to Newcastle that allowed Liverpool to take it to the last game of the season.
However, that pales in comparison to how their Champions League campaign would’ve turned out.
After a crushing 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-finals, Jurgen Klopp was without two of his main men in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the second leg in which Liverpool needed to score four goals without reply to progress.
Origi came in to replace Firmino and netted almost immediately to spark Anfield into life, before his 79th-minute strike put the icing on the cake of a historic comeback.
In addition to that massive achievement, it was Origi who came good in the Champions League yet again with an 87th-minute goal in the final against Tottenham, which eased the nerves of a Spurs comeback and rubber-stamped the result.
This has been a record-breaking season for the Merseysiders as they secured a sixth major European Cup, but it may not have ended with silverware had their January plans come to fruition.