– Divock Origi played a key role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season
– The Belgian forward scored crucial goals for the Reds mostly coming off the bench
– Origi explained how the message he sent to encourage his manager failed to deliver
Belgian forward Divock Origi has scored Liverpool’s winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final last season.
The 24-year-old came off the bench for Brazilian star Roberto Firmino in the 58th minute before sealing the win for the Reds three minutes from time.
This happened one year after Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final of the same competition.
At that point, Origi just completed his loan spell at the German League side Wolfsburg when the Premier League lost the chance to win the trophy.
According to the Mirror, the forward was said to have sent a failed text message to the manager with a muscle emoji – encouraging him to remain strong.
“The crazy thing is, I remember texting the coach [Jurgen Klopp] after the game [the 2018 final],” Origi told liverpoolfc.com.
“I didn’t want to say many words, but used the bicep emoji to say ‘keep strong, keep on going’ and I said ‘we are going to be back next season’.
“That text never went through, but in my head I said ‘we’, as if I was in it. I don’t even know if the manager knows, but the text never went through.
“In the end I came back and ended up scoring in the final, so that was quite symbolic. Maybe it was fate, definitely.”
Meanwhile, Origi has become a force to reckon with since he returned to the team after scoring crucial goals that helped them win three major titles in 2019.
He also scored two important goals against Barcelona in their dramatic semifinal comeback at Anfield which propelled them into the final.
They are also on the verge of winning their first-ever Premier League title in over three decades this campaign.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Sadio Mane’s subline strike was all Liverpool needed to outshine stubborn Norwich City to stretch their unbeaten run to 26 games this campaign.
The Senegalese star announced his return to the Reds team with his 78th-minute thunderous striker from close range.
It was like Mane never left after scoring that stunning goal through a Jordan Henderson’s long pass mid-way on the pitch.