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Divock Origi Reveals Failed Text Message He Sent Jurgen Klopp After 2018 Champions League Final

Divock Origi Reveals Failed Text Message He Sent Jurgen Klopp After 2018 Champions League Final

Divock Origi has revealed he messaged Jurgen Klopp after losing the 2018 Champions League final saying 'we're going to be back' - before winning it the season after.

Liverpool were defeated by Real Madrid 3-1 in Kyiv and Origi wasn't part of the squad that season, having spent spent the season on loan at German outfit Wolfsburg.

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The Belgian told LFCTV that he texted Klopp after watching the game at his mother's house with a defiant message.

'The crazy thing is, I remember texting the coach [Jurgen Klopp] after the game [the 2018 final],' he explained.

"I didn't want to say many words, but used the bicep emoji to say 'keep strong, keep on going' and I said 'we are going to be back next season'.

"That text never went through, but in my head I said 'we', as if I was in it. I don't even know if the manager knows, but the text never went through."

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Origi made good on that promise a year later by contributing to 'The Reds' sixth European title.

He netted two in their famous 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Anfield before scoring the second against Tottenham in the final.

"In the end I came back and ended up scoring in the final, so that was quite symbolic. Maybe it was fate, definitely."

The 24-year-old has become a cult hero on Merseyside and regularly features off the bench.

This season he's made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing four assists.

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It all could have turned out differently for Origi if he'd left Liverpool back in 2018.

He had been linked with moves away during the summer but he told the BBC he stayed thanks to a 'gut feeling'.

"I just sat down and I felt like I wanted to stay and help this team," he said.

"I felt good, I just had to keep performing in training and I knew my chance would come. I felt like we could do something special.

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"I just had to block everything out on the outside and focus on the right things. In football you never know 100%, it could have gone another way as well but that's the choice I made."

His chance did come and gut feeling helped kick-off what seems like a dominant era for Liverpool.

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Topics: Liverpool, Football, Divock Origi, Jurgen Klopp, Champions League

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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