Paul Robinson claims that Liverpool striker Divock Origi has secured “hero status” at Anfield after his crucial two goals in their League Cup triumph over Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England shot-stopper was left raving over the Belgian striker’s “unbelievable” knack of netting when his side need it the most, having scored in the semi-finals and the final of the Champions League last season.
Origi’s two second-half goals, the latter of which came in the fourth minute of injury time, secured a stunning 5-5 draw for Liverpool and sent Wednesday’s game to penalties, the Reds coming out on top 5-4 in the spot-kicks.
Robinson says it is astonishing that the 24-year-old always seems to find the back of the net when Jurgen Klopp needs him to and heralded the striker’s willingness to play second fiddle at Anfield.
“He seems to be the man for the moment, doesn’t he? He’s got hero status with Liverpool fans,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He just pops up when needed and scores the vital goals which is an unbelievable trait to have. He seems to be the type of player who is happy to be in and around the squad and get his games when he can get his games.
“The front three and the quality that Liverpool have got there, there’s a reason he’s not playing. It’s always hard when you’re a player and you’re looking at a team and thinking: ‘I’m better than him, I’m better than him, I should be playing.’ That’s the hardest part.
“When you look at Liverpool’s squad, he’s got a reason in front of him every week why he’s not playing. He seems to fit the role well that he’s got.”
Origi has played 13 times and scored three goals across all competitions this season but only five of those appearances have come in the starting XI.
Last season saw the 27-cap Belgium international play 22 times and net eight strikes in both league and cups, with two of those goals securing a 4-0 win over Barcelona and sending the Reds to the Champions League final.