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PremierLeague-News.Com - Divock Origi scored a dramatic winner for Liverpool at Newcastle just three days before the Reds' epic Champions League comeback against Barcelona

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PremierLeague-News.Com - Divock Origi scored a dramatic winner for Liverpool at Newcastle just three days before the Reds' epic Champions League comeback against Barcelona

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04 May 2021 - 00:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! For Divock Origi and Liverpool it was just a sign of things to come. The big Belgian striker had already written his name into Liverpool folklore with a late, late goal in the Merseyside derby in December 2018, returning from the out in cold to nod the ball past Jordan Pickford and send Jurgen Klopp hurtling into Alisson's arms at Anfield. And he'd put his head to good use again when flicking Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick beyond Martin Dubravka and into the Newcastle net to hand Liverpool all three points in a pulsating contest at St James Park two years ago today. It's now a largely overlooked moment in what was a exhilarating week for Reds supporters. After all, the trip to Newcastle was sandwiched between a certain Champions League semi-final with Barcelona. Lionel Messi's brilliance at the Camp Nou had seemingly ended hopes of getting to the final in Madrid but the Reds didn't have time to feel sorry for themselves. Man City's win over Burnley meant that Pep Guardiola's men would move back to the top of the Premier League table and Jurgen Klopp's side had to react. Read More Related Articles Manchester United fans got what they wanted but Liverpool can't let 'canny' protests distract them Read More Related Articles Europa League poses Liverpool problem but FSG must help Jurgen Klopp with transfer backing City had just won their 20th consecutive game and Liverpool had to match them stride for stride. Origi would eventually see to it that they would do just that, but not without drama. Virgil van Dijk powered Liverpool ahead early in the first half from a corner. Christian Atsu levelled for Newcastle before Mohamed Salah put restored Liverpool's lead. But the home side hit back from Salomon Rondon before disaster struck. Salah was forced off on a stretcher after being clattered by Dubravka, joining Roberto Firmino on the sidelines ahead of the second leg against Barcelona at Anfield. But despite the pressure mounting, Liverpool didn't give up. Barcelona should have taken note. In the 86th minute Matt Ritchie was adjudged to have fouled Fabinho deep into Newcastle's half. Despite Rafa Benitez's protests, a late free-kick was awarded to the Reds and Shaqiri emerged from the bench to whip in a brilliant cross for Origi to turn home. Newcastle were crestfallen and Benitez was furious. Must-read Liverpool FC news Wilson could force Klopp u-turn Gerrard could make Reds millions Liverpool react to protest FSG sent message Liverpool were back on top of the table with one game remaining. They wouldn't stay there, but a glance back at that game from two years ago highlights what's currently missing for Klopp as the 2020/21 season draws to a close. Liverpool would win their final Premier League fixture against Wolves but Man City beat Leicester and Brighton to pip the Reds to the title. Nevertheless, 2018/19 would still end in glorious fashion as Origi and Shaqiri gave a glimpse of what was to come at Newcastle, having been instrumental in the glorious 4-0 victory over Barcelona three days later. Origi netted again against Spurs in Madrid to seal the club's sixth European Cup.

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. The Belgian's heroics may have earned him a new contract in summer 2019 but he's failed to build on that success. As the summer of 2021 draws close, Origi is expected to call time on his Anfield career. Shaqiri finds himself in a similar situation, having spent much of last season injured and making just 21 appearances this term. He too, should move on this summer. Like Daniel Sturridge, another who played well against the Magpies, they will leave Anfield with the best wishes of supporters. Read More Related Articles Lionel Messi hurt, Shakira screams and untold dressing room story of Barcelona 'nightmare' against Liverpool Read More Related Articles Damaging injury, difficult loans, dramatic winners and ultimate comebacks - Liverpool's biggest fairy tale awaits next chapter But the challenge for Michael Edwards is to find equally as effective supporting acts to compliment Klopp's squad this summer. It won't be easy. Elsewhere, Liverpool are given painful reminders of what they now lack in other areas of the pitch. Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up his 11th assist of the season in the North East, continuing his personal competition with opposite number Andy Robertson. The assists have dried up for Liverpool's full-backs this season as opposition teams have found ways to nullify their effectiveness. Meanwhile, Van Dijk's goal was the Dutchman's sixth of the season from a set-piece that Klopp admitted had been inspired by the Reds' analytics department. Not only have Liverpool been hurt by Van Dijk's absence in defence, but the Reds' use of set-plays has also suffered, with goals completely drying up since Van Dijk and Joel Matip suffered season-ending injuries. But most conspicuous by its absence this season has been the fighting spirit that was shown in such abundance during those final few weeks of an exhausting season. When Newcastle hit back, Liverpool refused to wilt and showed character right throughout the squad to get the job done. Sign up to our free LFC email newsletter Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds. You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter. Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! And when Messi and co returned to Merseyside days later they found out first hand how strong the togetherness was in a team lacking two of its feared front three due to injury. And even when Man City broke Liverpool hearts by clinching the title, the Reds dragged themselves off the canvas to beat Tottenham and lift the greatest prize of them all in Madrid. The players, by and large, are the same, but Liverpool's never-say-die attitude has evaporated this season as problems have mounted up. Instead of scoring late winners, Liverpool are now conceding them, with Newcastle scoring in the 96th minute to deny the Reds a much needed victory in the battle for fourth place. Klopp could do with reminding his team that they are the same bunch who overcame the biggest odds in those final weeks of 2018/19. Read More Related Articles What happened inside Old Trafford - full story of Manchester United protest and Liverpool fixture postponement Read More Related Articles How Liverpool could be awarded points after Manchester United postponement

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