Interview

'Time stood still'

Divock Origi on scoring the goal that put Liverpool’s triumph in the 2019 final beyond doubt

INTERVIEW Derek Brookman

It’s almost impossible to describe in words. I remember the day before, there was a special feeling around the club, around the game. I was relaxed. I remember watching Game of Thrones, and by that time it was the Game of Thrones finale, the last episode. I had a good day and a nap before the game, so I was feeling very positive. When the game started, especially by the time we scored the first goal, I knew we were in the flow.

Jürgen always says I should play my own game and nothing else. Just play my own game with energy. It’s the biggest stage in club football, but I was confident after all the extra work and tactical analysis. As well as this, all the times I ate well and went to bed on time made me feel confident. I’m also a religious person, so you just have to do everything you can, even if there are some things you can’t control.

It was a really intense game. The coach just said that I had to do what I always do. I’d come on for Bobby [Firmino]. I had to play my own game. I remember it was very warm that day. I came on and just thought, “I’ve worked so hard, so I’ll just enjoy it.” I did everything I could. I think that God is in control in those moments. We can win or lose, that’s the game. I just have to do my thing and help the team wherever I can.

That second goal was a decisive moment. It was a shot I had worked a lot on and something I trained extra on – the low-angled drive with my left foot. Joël [Matip] passed the ball to me. I controlled it with my right foot and moved it towards my left foot. I wanted to shoot the ball across goal. I needed to be a bit lucky but I touched it perfectly and it went into the bottom corner. From that moment, time stood still for me. I couldn’t hear anything any more. I went towards the fans, I saw them and tried to connect with them. I know I have to take those chances when I get them. I’ve worked hard on finishing. It made me believe that if you work hard, it pays off.

I couldn't hear anything any more. I went towards the fans and tried to connect with them

I saw people fainting during the parade in Liverpool. I saw Liverpool legends who were overjoyed. I saw team-mates like I never saw them before. It was a fantastic and emotional moment. Indescribable. It was one of the most special moments of my life. It was a release with a lot of emotion. It creates something special.

Jürgen knows how to bring us together and how to let us work together. We put the team first and that’s our strength. He’s a very special person, a very special leader. He’s very approachable. I think that is what makes someone a good leader, being approachable. I see him as the manager of our team, as someone who talks to us a lot and who jokes with us, but also as our leader who sends us in the right direction, who gives us energy and helps us to develop our footballing minds.

I think we’ve become closer as a team. It created a beautiful moment which we could share. And that will make us stronger as a group. We fight for each other, we know why we are here. We have a mission and it made us believe that, if we continue working this way, there can be more special moments.

It’s almost impossible to describe in words. I remember the day before, there was a special feeling around the club, around the game. I was relaxed. I remember watching Game of Thrones, and by that time it was the Game of Thrones finale, the last episode. I had a good day and a nap before the game, so I was feeling very positive. When the game started, especially by the time we scored the first goal, I knew we were in the flow.

Jürgen always says I should play my own game and nothing else. Just play my own game with energy. It’s the biggest stage in club football, but I was confident after all the extra work and tactical analysis. As well as this, all the times I ate well and went to bed on time made me feel confident. I’m also a religious person, so you just have to do everything you can, even if there are some things you can’t control.

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It was a really intense game. The coach just said that I had to do what I always do. I’d come on for Bobby [Firmino]. I had to play my own game. I remember it was very warm that day. I came on and just thought, “I’ve worked so hard, so I’ll just enjoy it.” I did everything I could. I think that God is in control in those moments. We can win or lose, that’s the game. I just have to do my thing and help the team wherever I can.

That second goal was a decisive moment. It was a shot I had worked a lot on and something I trained extra on – the low-angled drive with my left foot. Joël [Matip] passed the ball to me. I controlled it with my right foot and moved it towards my left foot. I wanted to shoot the ball across goal. I needed to be a bit lucky but I touched it perfectly and it went into the bottom corner. From that moment, time stood still for me. I couldn’t hear anything any more. I went towards the fans, I saw them and tried to connect with them. I know I have to take those chances when I get them. I’ve worked hard on finishing. It made me believe that if you work hard, it pays off.

I couldn't hear anything any more. I went towards the fans and tried to connect with them

I saw people fainting during the parade in Liverpool. I saw Liverpool legends who were overjoyed. I saw team-mates like I never saw them before. It was a fantastic and emotional moment. Indescribable. It was one of the most special moments of my life. It was a release with a lot of emotion. It creates something special.

Jürgen knows how to bring us together and how to let us work together. We put the team first and that’s our strength. He’s a very special person, a very special leader. He’s very approachable. I think that is what makes someone a good leader, being approachable. I see him as the manager of our team, as someone who talks to us a lot and who jokes with us, but also as our leader who sends us in the right direction, who gives us energy and helps us to develop our footballing minds.

I think we’ve become closer as a team. It created a beautiful moment which we could share. And that will make us stronger as a group. We fight for each other, we know why we are here. We have a mission and it made us believe that, if we continue working this way, there can be more special moments.

It’s almost impossible to describe in words. I remember the day before, there was a special feeling around the club, around the game. I was relaxed. I remember watching Game of Thrones, and by that time it was the Game of Thrones finale, the last episode. I had a good day and a nap before the game, so I was feeling very positive. When the game started, especially by the time we scored the first goal, I knew we were in the flow.

Jürgen always says I should play my own game and nothing else. Just play my own game with energy. It’s the biggest stage in club football, but I was confident after all the extra work and tactical analysis. As well as this, all the times I ate well and went to bed on time made me feel confident. I’m also a religious person, so you just have to do everything you can, even if there are some things you can’t control.

It was a really intense game. The coach just said that I had to do what I always do. I’d come on for Bobby [Firmino]. I had to play my own game. I remember it was very warm that day. I came on and just thought, “I’ve worked so hard, so I’ll just enjoy it.” I did everything I could. I think that God is in control in those moments. We can win or lose, that’s the game. I just have to do my thing and help the team wherever I can.

That second goal was a decisive moment. It was a shot I had worked a lot on and something I trained extra on – the low-angled drive with my left foot. Joël [Matip] passed the ball to me. I controlled it with my right foot and moved it towards my left foot. I wanted to shoot the ball across goal. I needed to be a bit lucky but I touched it perfectly and it went into the bottom corner. From that moment, time stood still for me. I couldn’t hear anything any more. I went towards the fans, I saw them and tried to connect with them. I know I have to take those chances when I get them. I’ve worked hard on finishing. It made me believe that if you work hard, it pays off.

I couldn't hear anything any more. I went towards the fans and tried to connect with them

I saw people fainting during the parade in Liverpool. I saw Liverpool legends who were overjoyed. I saw team-mates like I never saw them before. It was a fantastic and emotional moment. Indescribable. It was one of the most special moments of my life. It was a release with a lot of emotion. It creates something special.

Jürgen knows how to bring us together and how to let us work together. We put the team first and that’s our strength. He’s a very special person, a very special leader. He’s very approachable. I think that is what makes someone a good leader, being approachable. I see him as the manager of our team, as someone who talks to us a lot and who jokes with us, but also as our leader who sends us in the right direction, who gives us energy and helps us to develop our footballing minds.

I think we’ve become closer as a team. It created a beautiful moment which we could share. And that will make us stronger as a group. We fight for each other, we know why we are here. We have a mission and it made us believe that, if we continue working this way, there can be more special moments.

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