On Sunday, Divock Origi scored his sixth goal of the season in his 16th appearance for Liverpool, stressing that he “doesn’t take it for granted.”
Origi has had a difficult season, sometimes playing as a fifth- or sixth-choice forward, but he has made a significant contribution despite a barren stretch in 2020/21.
In all competitions, the Belgian has only made five starts, coming off the bench 11 times, yet he has six goals and three assists in that time, averaging a direct goal contribution per 62.6 minutes.
His most recent goal came in the Merseyside derby on Sunday, when he was introduced on the hour and played a key role in Andy Robertson’s opening before heading home the game-winner.
“For me, it’s just prepping and playing football.
“In the end, I’m grateful that opportunities come in these games – it makes it even more special and puts us in a good momentum for the season as well.”
Origi added: “It’s unbelievable. Honestly, I don’t take it for granted.
“It’s such a pleasure to be able to play football at the highest level. To win these games for the club means so much, for me means so much.
“So after the game you can look back, be happy, but especially now take it, put it in the baggage and take it for the next game – and hopefully keep the momentum going!”
Few could blame Origi for deciding to leave Liverpool when his contract expired this summer, given that he has only started seven games for the club in one of the last five seasons.
The club, however, will miss having a player of his caliber in the squad.