The Reds forward had hit the post in normal time, but with 99 minutes gone in Qatar he made no mistake when he rounded the goalkeeper and two covering defenders to slot home the winner.
Jurgen Klopp praises Divock Origi and Liverpool’s unsung heroes after Club World Cup victory
Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic extra-time winner to secure Liverpool’s third piece of silverware in just six months after their recent Champions League and Super Cup triumphs. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect evening for the Reds in Doha was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ankle injury in the 75th minute of the clash. Oxlade-Chamberlain walked gingerly off the pitch and was later pictured hobbling around on crutches as Liverpool celebrated with the trophy at the Khalifa International Stadium.
After scoring a late winner in Liverpool’s semi-final win over Monterrey earlier the week, Firmino once again stole the headlines on Saturday night. However, Klopp highlighted the contribution of players like Divock Origi who ‘nobody is talking about’ despite their importance to the team. ‘The best thing about our three boys up there and all the others, if one is not scoring then the other one is scoring or the other two are scoring,’ the German said following Liverpool’s win. ‘Divock Origi, for example, and nobody is talking about him, scored incredibly important goals. Xherdan Shaqiri has scored incredibly important goals last year or set them up. ‘Mo Salah scores for us an incredible number of goals, all of them very important, but not always. Then Sadio is stepping up and scores incredibly important goals.
‘Now here, we needed obviously Bobby’s goal and here they are. I couldn’t be more happy for him that he could score that goal because before the game we spoke about a lot about what this competition means to Brazil, to South American people and especially Brazilian people. And we have two Brazilians and he’s one of them. ‘It means the world to him and it helped us a lot. On top of that, it was a sensational goal, completely calm. ‘You see the last goal helped obviously to bring these things back and I’m really, really delighted for him.’
Klopp admits Oxlade-Chamberlain injury in the second half cast a ‘big shadow’ over Liverpool’s victory. ‘When he landed he got a kick and rolled over on his ankle. He feels okay, but far away from being perfect,’ Klopp said. ‘We will have to see if the ligament is just stretched or ruptured. ‘A big shadow but that’s how it is in contact sport. He seems to be okay.’
Source: Metro UK