Jurgen Klopp described Divock Origi as a Liverpool “legend” after the Belgian’s stoppage-time strike snatched a dramatic 1-0 win against Wolves at Molineux.
The Reds had been frustrated by a stern home defence on Saturday, before the super-sub came on to fire the only goal of the game after good work from Mohamed Salah.
The win saw Liverpool leapfrog Chelsea in the Premier League table after the Blues lost 3-2 at West Ham earlier in the day.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Klopp was effusive in his praise of Origi, saying: “Divock Origi, the legend, finished it off and it’s a great story. He’s an incredible striker. For different reasons he did not play that often, but I hope one day he finds a manager that plays him more than I do.
“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever seen in my life. In this great team, with our [front] three, he doesn’t play all the time, but he is a very positive boy, loves the club, wants to contribute, and he did in an incredible way.”
Origi’s powerful close-range strike in the fourth added minute was his 10th goal as a substitute in the Premier League for Liverpool – no player has netted more from the bench for the club in the competition.
It was also Liverpool’s 39th winning goal scored after 90-plus minutes in the Premier League, at least 13 more than any other side has managed.
Liverpool manager Klopp insisted Chelsea’s result had no bearing on how his team approached the Wolves game, and he appreciated the fight his players showed.
“Other results are not really important, we just want to win football games,” Klopp said. “We played three days ago and the derby [when Liverpool earned a 4-1 win against Everton] is easy to focus on as it’s the game of the year, then we start the machine again and I like how we fought today.”
Liverpool have scored in each of their last 25 Premier League outings, since losing 1-0 against Fulham in March. Their 18-game record run of scoring two or more goals in every match across all competitions has now ended, but victory tasted no less sweet for it.
Origi was asked by Sky Sports what instructions his manager had given him before he replaced captain Jordan Henderson in the 68th minute. He said that Klopp’s words had been: “Be Divock. Try and contribute and in the end, help the team.”
Origi said: “I try to be in the moment, play by play. Play in the moment. Sometimes you score goals like this and today was a good day!
“We worked so hard to get the three points and being able to get there and keep the momentum going is the best feeling.
“We prepare so much. Honestly, it’s the feeling that we had a successful week.”