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Origi on how he secured Liverpool's vital away goal against Dortmund

Liverpool striker Divock Origi revealed he only discovered he was starting against Borussia Dortmund when he saw the teamsheet ahead of the 1-1 draw on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp, on his return to the Westfalenstadion where he spent seven largely successful years, opted to field the Belgium international over Daniel Sturridge in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final. 

And the 20-year-old justified the decision with a tireless performance, which was capped with a composed finish to fire Liverpool ahead in the tie.

On his run-out, Origi said: “We were playing a big team and as the striker, I had a big responsibility but I felt the support of everybody from the coach to my teammates and the fans. 

“Everyone tried to help me as much as possible and it showed in my performance. I only knew [I was starting] when I saw the teamsheet, which was today. 

“I was happy to play in such an important game, which is what you strive for as a footballer.”

When asked if Klopp had any special instructions for him, the forward explained: “We worked a lot tactically, and he knows my qualities and told me just to use them. 

“Everyone said I should play to my qualities, which is getting in behind the defenders and taking them on one-on-one and of course, importantly, scoring. I’ve very happy that I could do this.”

Origi struck on 36 minutes, when he anticipated and connected with James Milner’s flick off Alberto Moreno’s cross. He held off his defender to steer a low shot back across goal, sparking red flares and swirling scarves in the away end.

Describing the spell of play, Origi said: “I saw Millie going for a header and I read his game a little bit and went deep and the ball came to me. 

“I could feel the defender was close and usually they open their legs, so I tried to shoot it the other side and it went in.”


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With Liverpool taking an away goal to Anfield, Origi is confident about the Reds progressing, but knows they’ll have to be at full tilt.

“For me, there’s no favourites,” he said.

“We are a good team and they are a good team. We have to show on the pitch we are capable of doing good things and we have to finish it off at Anfield. 

“We have to be confident and if we are at 100 per cent, we will go through.”

On what he made of the reception Klopp received on his return, Origi added: “I can see they can appreciate him a lot, which tells you about the person he is and also what he achieved here. It was special to see.”