Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has drawn a parallel between Jurgen Klopp’s current Liverpool side and the United team of Sir Alex Ferguson’s era
His header after Mike Maignan pushed away Sadio Mane’s effort secured the three points after Fikayo Tomori and Mohamed Salah traded goals at the San Siro.
Origi’s impact ensured Liverpool became the first English side in Champions League history to win all six of their group games.
After coming off the bench, the Belgian collected Salah’s pass, swivelled and planted a low finish past Jose Sa in the 94th minute.
The goal underlined Origi’s reputation as a super-sub and led Ferdinand to compare him to two of Manchester United’s most famous substitutes, Javier Hernandez and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I’ve played with players that have done what he does coming off the bench, the Chicaritos, the Ole Gunnar Solskjaers,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“The appreciation for them within the squad, all the players love players like that because you need them – they’re so integral if you’re going to win multiple competitions.
“You need people to be able to come off the bench and have an impact.”
Origi has been at Liverpool since making a £10million transfer from Lille in July 2014 and during that time he has rarely been a regular starter.
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The 26-year-old has often been stuck behind the trio of Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino, meaning his role is that of an impact substitute.
He has performed that to great effect, scoring some extremely famous late goals for Klopp’s side – a point which former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher made this week.
“Divock Origi is a legendary figure at Liverpool but it’s not because everyone thinks he’s a great player, it’s because of the great goals he’s scored,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“And whenever Origi starts a game, you go into the ground or you’re watching on TV and you think ‘oh Origi’s starting’, but whenever he comes off the bench, you feel completely different.
“You can see the impact he makes, I mean look at the goals [when coming on as a sub] it’s practically the same [as when starting]. Minutes per goal is the big standout.
“His stats are so much better coming on as a sub.”
Carragher is right: 11 of Origi’s 21 Premier League goals for Liverpool have come from his 34 starts, giving him a goal every 223 minutes on average.
By contrast his 10 goals from the bench have come from a total 990 minutes of action, giving him a much better average.