‘We made brief eye contact and I could see he was going to do something’: Liverpool star Divock Origi relives his Champions League semi-final goal against Barcelona from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner
- Divock Origi sent Liverpool into last year’s Champions League final
- He scored the fourth goal as they overturned 3-0 deficit to Barcelona
- Origi fired home from a quickly-worked Trent Alexander-Arnold corner
Divock Origi has revealed he knew Trent Alexander-Arnold was about to do ‘something instinctive’ before his quick corner which sent Liverpool towards Champions League glory last year.
Origi and Alexander-Arnold combined to put Barcelona to the sword in last year’s semi-final second leg at Anfield last year, overturning a three-goal deficit.
The Belgian striker scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side pulled off a monumental comeback before going on to beat Tottenham in the final in Madrid.
Divock Origi was speaking on BT Sport about his memorable goal against Barcelona
And Origi has admitted to BT Sport that he saw his young team-mate was about to do something off the cuff to catch the Barca defence off guard.
He said: ‘I did see. I saw a ball on the pitch and I wanted to give it back to the ball boy. So when I gave it back to the ball boy I was walking back but people took some time to come in position, and so automatically I was looking at who was taking the corner.
‘Depending on that it changes my positioning on the corner. So when I was looking I could see Trent looking up, and I think we made brief eye contact and I could see that he was going to do something instinctively.
‘So when he whipped that ball in, I just tried to make sure it was in the side. I looked up before I could kick the ball and I saw that Pique and ter Stegen were more in the middle and the left side was open, so it’s quite a hard shot.
Origi was found in space in the box from a quick corner taken by Trent Alexander-Arnold
The Belgian is surrounded by team-mates after guiding Liverpool to Champions League final
‘I was happy. It happened so quick, even mentally to realise it takes a while. And it was a key moment.’
Origi’s second capped off an incredible night at Anfield. He had scored the early opener before a swift Georginio Wijnaldum brace had brought the tie level on aggregate.
Liverpool had collapsed to a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp just a week before and were without the injured Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the return.
Origi went on to score again in the final, a late second to confirm a 2-0 victory over Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.