Peter Crouch labels Divock Origi as a ‘tremendous finisher’ and hails ‘second fiddle’ striker for his goal against AC Milan… while Michael Owen believes his performances will make Jurgen Klopp think twice about shopping in January
- Liverpool beat AC Milan in their Champions League clash on Tuesday evening
- Peter Crouch has heaped praise on Divock Origi for scoring Liverpool’s winner
- Origi scored in the 55th minute of the game to see Liverpool claim a 2-1 victory
- Michael Owen proves that Liverpool will survive with out Salah during AFCON
Peter Crouch has heaped praise on Divock Origi for scoring Liverpool’s winner against AC Milan during their Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
Crouch labelled Origi as a ‘tremendous finisher’ after he scored in the 55th minute of the game to see Liverpool claim a 2-1 victory over their hosts at the San Siro Stadium.
Michael Owen also praised the 26-year-old for his contribution and admitted his superb finish would make Jurgen Klopp think twice about purchasing another forward in the January transfer window.
Peter Crouch has heaped praise on Divock Origi (above) for scoring Liverpool’s winner against AC Milan during their Champions League clash on Tuesday night
Speaking after the game, Crouch said: ‘It takes someone different to hang around and play second fiddle, Origi has come up trumps again in the San Siro.
‘Fantastic header too, neck muscles, the power and the angle it arrives at, it was a tremendous finish.
‘It is difficult to keep yourself focused, he could have moved to a mid table club but he is playing at Liverpool on the biggest stage.’
Rio Ferdinand agreed with Crouch and said he was impressed with Origi’s character and determination to succeed at Liverpool.
Ferdinand added: ‘Origi is not disheartened when he misses one, he keeps going again. I’ve played with Chicarito (Hernandez) and Solskjaer, the players love them, you need people to come off the bench and have an impact.
Crouch (above) label Origi as a ‘tremendous finisher’ after he scored in the 55th minute of the game to see Liverpool claim a 2-1 victory over their hosts at the San Siro Stadium
Crouch also praised the forward for persevering at Liverpool despite struggling to game time
‘Within the club I know the players appreciate Origi, decisive when he comes on, he gets the temperature of the game straight away. With him there seems to be a big shout for an Anfield statue outside!’
Meanwhile Owen felt that Origi’s performance has proven that Liverpool will survive without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane during AFCON.
The BT Sport pundit said: ‘Origi will go down in Liverpool history as scoring some massive goals.
‘I mean, he is not anywhere near the four others who play up top, he is a level below but when you are an impact player it doesn’t necessarily matter. He will have chances during AFCON. You can’t ignore the goals he scores.
‘Additionally, Origi has made up Klopp’s mind. During AFCON, they don’t need to buy anyone. Remember the Barcelona goal, he is a good instinctive finisher.
‘A lot will be thinking about losing Salah and Mane, but with Jota, Firmino and Origi I don’t think Liverpool will buy for the sake of a few games.’
Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen were equally impressed by the 26-year-old on Tuesday
The pundit believe Origi has made a strong case to the Liverpool manager for the future
This is not the first time Origi has scored a winner for Liverpool this term. He claimed their final goal against Wolves on Saturday.
Speaking about the goal, he told Liverpool’s official website: ‘I think that ties in with the values of the club – keep believing, keep going.
‘In the end you can only control the moment you are in and just try to make the right play every time, even if you fail again and again.
‘In the end, we are happy that we got the goal, even though it was a bit late. We enjoyed it. Winning games is all you work for.
‘We try to work on the details during the week and we’re together the whole season to try to get wins.
‘Getting that win, getting that goal is the best feeling and it keeps us also going with the momentum.’
Meanwhile Klopp said: ‘It’s one special thing in his skillset,’ Klopp said of the forward’s ability to make an instant impact. ‘It’s not the only thing – it’s not that he can only come on and play well.
‘He had brilliant games for us from the start. In one of the biggest games in our history – against Barcelona [in 2019], for example – he started, played an incredible game and scored the goals in the right moments.
This is not the first time Origi has scored a winner for Liverpool this term. He claimed their final goal against Wolves on Saturday (above)
Klopp (above) has previously praise the 26-year-old’s skillset but said there are worse things in life than not holding a regular place in the Liverpool starting XI
‘It’s just part of his skillset, that’s it. He is a very positive person, that’s for sure, and he is incredibly talented, that’s just how it is.
‘He can shoot with right and left; his technical level is incredible; he’s really, really, really quick; he is in the air, how we all know, a monster as well.
‘He is a really interesting package. But, that doesn’t mean that you are a constant starter for Liverpool FC because of the quality we have. That’s how it is. That’s how life is.
‘There are worse things than being not a constant starter for Liverpool FC, I tell you. It’s really nice to be part of this squad, really nice to be part of this team. It’s all good but it’s nice that he has that skill and that he used it at the weekend.’
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