There’s not a lot of actual football to talk about these days, and yes, for the second time this week I’ve resorted to celebrating the birthdays of Liverpool legends. On Thursday Rafa Benitez turned the big 6-0, and today we go from a manager who brought us #5, to a player who was instrumental in bringing us #6.
Amazingly, Origi is just 25 years young today. Given his history with Liverpool, it feels like he should be older. Then again, he’s possibly a vampire, and age is such a mortal construct.
Whether through a vampire’s bite, some Blade-esque daywalker situation, or just through scoring some hugely important and unforgettable goals, Origi has made himself immortal, at least in the eyes of Liverpool supporters.
Even for non-Liverpool supporters, the name Divock Origi will live long in their memories. How many Everton, Barcelona, and Tottenham fans will forever spit on the ground every time his name gets mentioned?
Although he hasn’t had a great 2019/20 campaign, his best performance so far was once against Everton at Anfield, a team the Belgian especially enjoys punishing. He netted twice in the 5-2 win, bringing his total tally of goals against the Blues to 5, behind only Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard on the all-time list.
It was around this time last year that Origi really hit his stride. He scored a late winner against Newcastle to keep Liverpool’s title hopes alive. He scored a late goal to make it 2-0 in the Champions League final, essentially assuring Liverpool’s victory. And of course, there were his two goals against Barcelona in the semifinal.
Corner taken quickly? Yes, Divock. Get in.
And while we’re at it, this: