Liverpool forward Divock Origi has opened up on the goal that he scored against Barcelona that took the Reds to the 2019 Champions League final.

Liverpool were level on aggregate in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Barcelona when Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold won a corner late in the game.

As the Barcelona defence were preparing to defend the corner, Alexander-Arnold whipped the ball in when no one else was watching except Origi.

The alertness of the striker saw him score the decisive goal of the clash. It was also the goal that took Liverpool to the Champions League final.

“It happened so quick. When it went in, even mentally it takes a while to realise (what happened),” Origi said, as quoted by the Mirror.

“There are games when sometimes there is a lot in your head and you struggle to get in that zone, but that’s one of the games where you’re just in the zone and you’re flowing and things instinctively happen easier.

“Maybe on a bad day the ball goes in the stands – and I don’t think many people would blame me because it was quite a difficult ball – but it happened well, it clicked and it shows in which flow we really were as a team.”

READ: Rafa Benitez explains why his time at Anfield can’t be compared to Jurgen Klopp’s time

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Divock Origi of Liverpool (27) celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal with Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

READ: Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly turned down Chelsea for Liverpool

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Origi’s decisive goal against Barcelona is my favourite moment watching the Reds. It was the moment when those inside Anfield realised that their side had pulled off a miracle.

Liverpool entered the second leg 3-0 behind on aggregate, which means it was going to take something special to progress to the final of the Champions League. But, the Reds certainly delivered something special.

To score four and not concede against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is a serious achievement.

As I am only 23 years old, the comeback in 2004 against Olympiacos to secure a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League is not something that I can remember clearly.

However, I now have my own special memory of Liverpool pulling off a miracle in the Champions League thanks to Origi.

About The Author

Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne.

Related Posts