Liverpool Fans Think The Divock Origi Curse Is To Blame For Ernesto Valverde's Sacking
Barcelona sacked manager Ernesto Valverde on Monday night in the fallout from the club's loss in the Supercopa semi-final to Atletico Madrid, but fans think Divock Origi is actually to blame.
It's not often that a club decide to sack their manager when top of the table, a manager who has won two league titles in the previous two years, but that's exactly what Barca did on Monday.
The decision came just a few days after the latest failure in a cup competition, something that was becoming a trend under Valverde, but some fans think that it was a goal scored eight months ago that made the difference.
Divock Origi is getting a reputation for scoring goals and then seeing opposition managers get the boot. He scored in the Champions League semi-final in May last year and some think the events are linked.
Origi has never had regular football at Anfield but in the past year has become a cult hero thanks to goals in some of the team's biggest games.
He scored a late winner last season in the Merseyside derby against Everton but it was the game against Barca where he really secured cult status.
The Reds had to overturn a three goal deficit and were without Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino but the Belgian stepped up to score the first and winning goals, the latter from Trent Alexander-Arnold's quickly taken free kick.
The failure to get through despite a three goal lead wasn't exclusive to last season for the Catalan giants as they'd done exactly the same a year before in the quarter finals.
On that occasion they won 4-1 in the first leg but lost 3-0 away and went out on away goals.
Last season's loss was coupled with a Copa del Rey final loss, that they were expected to win, and the loss in the Supercopa was the final straw, top of the table or not.
But obviously it was all actually to do with Origi's brace.