Football works in mysterious ways.
Liverpool beat Everton yesterday to extend their utterly ridiculous unbeaten Anfield run against their closest rivals to 20 years.
But they don’t have Mo Salah to thank. Or Sadio Mane. Or Roberto Firmino.
Instead they are indebted to a man many Liverpool fans may have completely forgotten about altogether.
‘Is… is that Divock Origi?’
Probably rubbing their eyes in disbelief as Jurgen Klopp prepared to send on the 23-year-old for his first Premier League minutes since the first day of last season.
But in a way Origi’s truly bizarre yet ultimately decisive winner was simply meant to be.
Whatever you want to call it – redemption, good karma – this was written in the stars.
Origi may be way down the Anfield pecking order now, his days surely numbered after scoring just six times during a dreadful loan spell at Wolfsburg last season.
But two-and-a-half years ago the bruising Belgian was flying under Klopp, scoring home and away against Borussia Dortmund and keeping Daniel Sturridge out of the starting XI.
On April 20 2016, Origi opened the scoring in the most one-sided Merseyside derby in recent memory only for his game and season to be cruelly cut short by a despicable tackle by Ramiro Funes Mori.
His ankle ligaments in tatters, it horribly curtailed a career which was really threatening to take off.
Fast forward 30 months and Origi is the toast of Merseyside again after providing the telling moment in a fixture that caused him the most heartbreak.
It’s unlikely to propel him back into Liverpool’s starting line up but this could provide the platform and confidence for Origi to kickstart his career again.
A moment that truly reinforces why we love football unconditionally.
Unless you’re Jordan Pickford, of course.
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