Divock Origi’s permanent place in Liverpudlian folklore is secure after a 2018-19 season that culminated in the Belgian sealing the club’s sixth European Cup.
The forward’s late goal in the Champions League final - an expertly-taken, left-footed finish - put the Reds into an unassailable 2-0 lead over Tottenham Hotspur and ensured the heartache of Kiev 12 months earlier was consigned to history.
Origi, of course, was also a driving force behind Liverpool’s improbable semi-final victory over FC Barcelona, with his goals bookending an unforgettable 4-0 second-leg success that will go down as possibly the greatest European night in Anfield’s rich history.
Just three days prior to that incredible triumph, Origi came off the bench to glance home an 86th-minute winner at Newcastle United that kept the Reds’ hopes of winning the Premier League title alive.
But his series of talismanic performances during a campaign that ended with Jürgen Klopp’s side registering a club-record 97 top-flight points and Champions League success began in December, when his 96th-minute Kop-end goal beat Everton and sparked delirious scenes of celebration at Anfield.
That represented Origi’s third strike in five appearances against the Blues since he joined the Reds from Lille in July 2014.
Two of his five seasons as a Liverpool player have been spent on loan - at Lille and Wolfsburg respectively - but the three campaigns during which he has remained at Anfield have been littered with important contributions.
In 2015-16, Origi played a key role in the Reds’ run to the Europa League final - a game he missed due to injury - while he also scored 11 times in 43 appearances in 2016-17.
The 2018-19 season, though, represents the crowning glory of Origi’s Liverpool career to date - and on July 10, 2019, he signed a new long-term contract with the club.