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- The secret story behind Divock Origi's Barcelona winner - and why Liverpool face another Champions League mountain
Divock Origi has revealed the work on the training ground that went into the goal that put Liverpool into the Champions League final.
Origi notched 11 minutes from time to earn the Reds a 4-0 semi-final second leg win over Barcelona at Anfield and wipe out a 3-0 reverse at Camp Nou six days later.
Jurgen Klopp later hailed both the quick thinking of Trent Alexander-Arnold to whip in an improvised low corner from the right and the first-time finish of Origi into the roof of the net at the Kop end.
But Origi, who was only playing because of an injury to Roberto Firmino, believes there was an element of planning behind the wonder strike.
“Funnily enough, I had that shot a couple of times in training, I practised the shot, the side of the net from the angle," said the Liverpool striker. "It wasn’t bouncing, it was just a ball in.
“But I think subconsciously, when the ball came, it helped me – I had more confidence because I knew I’d practised that shot. But, of course, in 10 (attempts) the chances are you can put it over or even in the middle of the goal.
“It was a very difficult finish because my back was turned to the ball. I was still looking and in the corner of my eye I saw Trent making a movement.
“I had to re-adjust quickly, turn my body 180 degrees and then try to put it into the side of the net. It was a hard movement with a bouncing ball as well, but luckily it went in so I’m happy.”
Origi is now vying for a role when Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid next Saturday.
And having spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg in Germany, the Belgian knew on his Anfield return that something spectacular was on the horizon for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
"I knew it was going to be an important season for the club, and for me as well, and I just wanted to make that next step," said Origi, speaking to liverpoolfc.com.
“When I came back – obviously I was away for a year – I saw the group had made another step.
"We recruited some top players and I felt like we had a lot of quality, and experience as well. We were a bit older. I knew it was going to be a special season.”
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Assessing Tottenham, Origi said: "They have a super team. We have a lot of respect for them but we also know we have a very good team. We have big qualities and, above everything, we’ll play with a big heart.
“It will be a mountain to climb for us – but a good mountain."