Divock Okoth Origi (Kenyan English: [diˈvɔk ɔˈkɔθ oˈrigiː] (listen); born 18 April 1995) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liverpool and the Belgium national team. He is the son of former Kenyan professional footballer Mike Origi.
Origi warming up for Liverpool in 2016
|Full name||Divock Okoth Origi|
|Date of birth||18 April 1995|
|Place of birth||Ostend, Belgium|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|2014–2015||→ Lille (loan)||33||(8)|
|2017–2018||→ VfL Wolfsburg (loan)||31||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:49, 14 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Origi began his career at Lille, and scored on his professional debut for them in 2013. A year and a half later, he was signed for £10 million by Liverpool, who loaned him back to Lille for the 2014–15 Ligue 1 season.
After struggling at Liverpool due to injuries and spending a year on loan abroad at Wolfsburg, Origi made a crucial contribution to the club during the 2018–19 season. After scoring the winning goal of the Merseyside derby at Anfield in the sixth minute of injury time, Origi scored twice against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg comeback to send Liverpool through 4–3 on aggregate, before scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final as Liverpool won 2–0.
Origi made his international debut for Belgium in 2014, and was part of their team which reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, during which he became the youngest goalscorer in Belgian World Cup history.
On 24 January 2013, Origi was an unused substitute in Lille's 3–1 away win over Plabennec in a 2012–13 Coupe de France match. Nine days later, he scored on his competitive debut for the senior Lille side, coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute for Ronny Rodelin and scoring to bring his side from 1–0 down against Troyes.
On 29 July 2014, Premier League club Liverpool announced that they had completed a £10 million transfer for Origi, who signed a five-year contract but was immediately loaned back to Lille for the 2014–15 season.
2014–15 season: Loan to Lille
In his first match back in Lille, Origi scored his first goal of the new Ligue 1 season through a penalty against Caen to secure a 1–0 win for his side. This was after he had been brought down in the box by defender Dennis Appiah, who was sent off by the referee towards the 70th minute.
On 11 December 2014, as Lille lost 0–3 at home to VfL Wolfsburg to be eliminated from the UEFA Europa League group stage, Origi had a penalty saved by Diego Benaglio. On 15 March 2015, Origi scored a hat-trick for Lille in a 3–0 league win against Rennes.
On 11 July 2015, Origi was named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia. In his non-competitive debut for Liverpool, a pre-season friendly against Thai All-Stars on 14 July, Origi scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 win.
His first competitive game for the team was on 12 September, replacing Danny Ings for the final sixteen minutes of a 3–1 loss at rivals Manchester United. Origi scored his first competitive Liverpool goals on 2 December, a hat-trick in a 6–1 away win over Southampton in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Eleven days later, he scored his first Premier League goal, replacing the injured Dejan Lovren in the 79th minute and scoring an added-time equaliser from outside the penalty area for a 2–2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. On 14 February, he scored his second league goal against Aston Villa in a 6–0 victory, only 27 seconds after replacing Daniel Sturridge in the second half; this was the fastest goal scored by a substitute that season.
On 7 April 2016, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp surprisingly started Origi ahead of Sturridge (the team's first-choice striker) during Liverpool's Europa League quarter-final match against Borussia Dortmund, Klopp's former side. Origi scored a vital away goal in the 1–1 draw. Three days later, he scored two goals in a 4–1 win over Stoke City after coming on as a substitute to replace Sheyi Ojo at half-time.
Origi was used predominantly as a substitute and cup player at the start of the 2016–17 campaign. He scored his first goal of the season on 23 August 2016 in a 5–0 EFL Cup win over Burton Albion. He scored his first 2016–17 Premier League goal on 26 November, coming off the bench for the injured Philippe Coutinho to score the opener in a 2–0 win over Sunderland.
2017–18 season: Loan to VfL Wolfsburg
2018–19 season: Return to Liverpool
On 2 December, Origi scored his first goal of the season in a derby match against city rivals Everton, which Liverpool won 1–0. Origi came on as a substitute for Roberto Firmino in the 84th minute and scored with a header in the 96th minute, capitalising on an error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Replacing the injured Mohamed Salah, on 4 May he scored the winner against Newcastle in a 3–2 victory, and in doing so kept Liverpool in the hunt for their first Premier League title.
On 7 May, Origi scored for the first time in the Champions League, netting a brace in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona, vitally scoring the final goal to complete Liverpool's comeback from a three-goal first leg deficit. On 1 June, he scored Liverpool's second goal in a 2–0 win over Tottenham in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final. In doing so, he became only the second Belgian player to score in a Champions League final after Yannick Carrasco in 2016.
On 10 July 2019, Origi signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
Origi has represented Belgium at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He scored ten goals while in the under-19 team, the first in a 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification match against Belarus on 12 October 2012.
The Football Kenya Federation expressed an interest in persuading Origi to play for the Kenya senior national team in the future. However, on 13 May 2014, Belgium senior national team manager Marc Wilmots announced Origi would be part of the 23-man squad representing Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Origi came on as a substitute for Romelu Lukaku in the 58th minute of the opening Group H game against Algeria in Belo Horizonte on 17 June. In Belgium's second match, again after coming on as a substitute for Lukaku, he scored his first senior international goal in the 88th minute of a 1–0 win over Russia to qualify the Red Devils for the knockout stage. In so doing, at 19 years, 2 months and 4 days, he became the youngest goalscorer of the tournament (until American winger Julian Green scored against Belgium during their round of 16 match), the youngest goalscorer in Belgian World Cup history, and the first player of Kenyan origin to score at a World Cup finals. For his performances, he was named the Young Talent of the 2014 Belgian Sportsman of the year awards.
Origi scored once in Belgium's successful UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, in a 6–0 home win over Andorra on 10 October 2014. He was included in the squad for the final tournament, but missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Origi was born in Ostend and grew up in Houthalen-Oost. He was born into a family of footballers. His father, Mike Origi, played for KV Oostende (at the time Divock was born) and Genk, among other Belgian clubs, as well as the Kenya national team. His uncle, Austin Oduor, played for Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League while his other uncles, Gerald and Anthony, played for Tusker. His cousin, Arnold Origi, is also a professional player who has been capped for the Kenyan national team as a goalkeeper. The Origi family is of Kenyan Luo ethnicity.
On 25 June 2014, a baby dolphin at the Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges was baptised "Origi" in Origi's honour after having scored the winning goal against Russia during Belgium's group stage match at the 2014 World Cup.
- As of match played 1 June 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- The friendly against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014 is not FIFA-recognised due to an excessive number of substitutions.
- Updated to match played 1 September 2016. Belgium score listed first, score column indicates score after each Origi goal.
|1||22 June 2014||Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Russia||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|2||10 October 2014||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Andorra||4–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|3||12 November 2014||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Iceland||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
- UEFA Champions League: 2018–19
- Football League Cup runner-up: 2015–16
- UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2015–16
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