By Alex Stevens
Divock Origi was Liverpool’s outstanding player in both legs of their sensational Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund, according to Owen Hargreaves.
The former England international and Bayern Munich midfielder was hugely impressed by how Origi led the line in the two matches of the thrilling quarter-final tie.
The Merseysiders came from 3-1 down in the second half to win 4-3 in the second leg on Thursday night to seal a 5-4 aggregate win with one of the greatest fightbacks in European football history.
Second-half goals from Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren brought ecstasy to Anfield amid amazing scenes.
Origi, who was once again selected ahead of Daniel Sturridge, scored his fourth goal in three games and his second in consecutive weeks against Dortmund.
“He was Liverpool’s best player in both games,” Hargreaves told host broadcaster BT Sport afterwards. “Over the two legs he was brilliant.
“Origi looks like a brilliant young striker. He can play with his back to goal, he’s got pace and power, and he’s only 20 so he’s going to get better.”
The Merseysiders went 2-0 down after nine minutes and then appeared dead and buried after 57 minutes when Marcos Reus put Dortmund 3-1 ahead on the night and 4-2 on aggregate with the crucial away goal advantage.
Requiring three goals to win a thrilling quarter-final tie, goals from Coutinho, Sakho and Lovren sealed a sensational revival even by the standards of Liverpool’s storied history.
The victory booked Liverpool’s passage into the semi-finals of the Europa League and keeps alive the club’s hopes of winning silverware this season.
Liverpool, Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal are through to the last four, while Sevilla and Athletic head into extra time in the other quarter-final clash.
In other Liverpool news, Dele Alli has revealed why he overlooked the Merseysiders to join Tottenham.