Twenty-five years ago, an Anfield cult hero was born — Divock Origi. The Belgian has spent the last five seasons contracted to Liverpool and has provided the Reds with unforgettable moments, ultimately writing his name into Anfield folklore.
However, his time on Merseyside hasn’t always been positive — before his resurgence in the 2018/19 season, it looked for all the world as though his Anfield career was over after a disappointing spell on loan at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
To mark his 25th birthday lets take a look through the No.27’s career-defining moments that have brought him up to the present day and made him a Kop hero.
Origi joins Liverpool — July 29, 2014
On July 29, Liverpool announced the £10million signing of Divock Origi from LOSC Lille under former manager Brendan Rodgers. The then 19-year-old was immediately sent back on loan to the French side where he scored nine goals in 44 appearances for the side. The forward was also named in L’Equipe’s worst team of the season for 2014/15.
Competitive debut — September 12, 2015
After arriving at Liverpool for the 2015/2016 season, the striker made his debut during the Reds’ pre-season tour, but his first competitive appearance came against Manchester United. Origi replaced Danny Ings towards the end of a 3-1 defeat.
This 16-minute cameo from the Belgian would be his only competitive appearance in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, though the Belgian did start the first three group stage games of Liverpool’s Europa League campaign under the Northern Irish manager.
Revitalised under Klopp — October 8, 2015
A month on from Origi’s first league appearance, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was replaced by current boss Jürgen Klopp. The arrival of the German marked a turnaround for the Belgian. In Klopp’s first game in charge, Origi was given his first start and played the full 90 minutes.
First goal — December 2, 2015
Divock Origi’s first goal for the club came against Southampton in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. The No.27 didn’t just get the one goal or two, but he managed to net himself a hat-trick in the 6-1 win at St.Mary’s.
His first league goal would come eleven days later against West Brom. The forward came on when his side were 2-1 and, in the 96th minute — not the last time this number would pop up in his career — he equalised for his side.
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Following the West Brom fixture, the 20-year-old frontman would make two appearances off the bench against Watford and Leicester City. However, Origi picked up an injury that meant he needed surgery on his knee and would keep him on the sidelines for two months, but he would initially start on the bench and later come on and mark his return with a goal.
Dortmund 4-5 Liverpool — April 14, 2016
Following his return from injury, Divock hit a purple patch. His run of form convinced manager Klopp that he deserved to start up top in their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. The young forward proved his boss made the correct decision as he went on to score in the 1-1 draw in the first leg fixture.
Three days after the first leg, the Belgian scored two goals off the bench against Stoke City. He went on to carry this form into the second leg by scoring his sides first goal in what would end up as another famous European night at Anfield as Liverpool progressed into the semi-finals of the Europa League 5-4 on aggregate.
Everton injury — April 20, 2016
After finally finding his feet and settling into life in England, his Premier League season would end as he would, unfortunately, pick up an injury in the Merseyside derby. The Belgian scored in that game but that would be his last goal for the Reds in the campaign.
Wolfsburg loan — August 31, 2017
Despite a promising start to life under Klopp and making 34 appearances in the league throughout 2016/17, the £10m striker was sent out on loan. For many, this signalled the end of the Belgian’s stint at Anfield as Klopp was seemingly happy with Dominic Solanke and Daniel Sturridge as his backups to Roberto Firmino.
Return to Liverpool — July 2018
After an unsuccessful season in Germany, where he only scored seven goals in 37 games across all competitions, it was expected that Divock Origi’s time at the club had come to an end. The club was reportedly willing to sell the forward if their asking price of £27m was met.
Borussia Dortmund came close to taking the 23-year-old back to Germany but only on a loan deal. The Reds refused to let the striker leave the club unless there was an obligation to buy and the German club felt his valuation was too high to warrant a permanent move.
Thankfully for Liverpool — due to events that would later take place — Dortmund refused to budge on their initial offer. The No.27 would instead remain at Anfield for the 2018/19 season.
THAT Everton goal — December 2, 2018
We can’t write about key moments in Origi’s career without mentioning the famous 96th minute goal to win the Merseyside Derby. The 1-0 win over Liverpool’s rivals marked the forward’s first appearance of the season.
His last-gasp winner was a crucial goal as the Reds chased leaders Manchester City for the Premier League title.
The miracle of Anfield — May 7, 2019
Who can forget the 4-0 against Barcelona? One of the more iconic moments in Liverpool history and Divock Origi was directly involved.
With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino out injured, the Reds started their Champions League final with an unlikely trio of Sadio Mané, Xherdan Shaqiri alongside Origi.
The Belgian went on to start the famous comeback for the Red’s by slotting in Jordan Henderson’s rebounded shot. He would later seal his team’s place in the final when he got on the end of a corner which was taken rather quickly…
Champions League final — June 1, 2019
After putting his side into the final it would only be poetic justice for the 24-year-old to win it for the Reds. The forward came off the bench for Firmino and would later go on to score in the 87th minute to put Liverpool 2-0 up against Tottenham.
He had secured the Merseyside club’s sixth Champions League trophy and, if he hadn’t done it already, he had secured his name in the Anfield history books.
Origi signs new deal — July 10, 2019
Another summer and yet another transfer window with rumours linking the striker away from Anfield. This window would be different.
Klopp wasn’t looking to offload the former Lille player but, instead, offered him a new contract. There was a cloud of uncertainty around Origi’s future up to that point — it was reported that he was offered the new deal back in May of 2019 and come to the start of the transfer window he was yet to sign on the dotted line.
However, that uncertainty was put to an end on July 10 when the No.27 committed his future to the club.
Origi is still only 25 years-old and already has become an Anfield hero. He has written his name into Liverpool folklore for years to come and there is time for plenty more magical moments in the future.
We’ve written him off before and been proven wrong — let’s not make that mistake again.