Liverpool’s dramatic penalty shootout victory over Arsenal sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after 10 goals were scored in a thrilling contest at Anfield.
The Belgian lives for the big moments and his two goals in the second half – a slick turn and strike and an exquisite scissor kick volley – always seemed likely.
Origi secured legendary status among Liverpool fans last season when he scored the winning goal on aggregate against Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final second leg.
He then secured Liverpool’s victory in the final against Tottenham, putting his side 2-0 up with three minutes to go.
And after his heroics at Anfield on Wednesday night, the home fans sang his name as the players prepared for the penalty shootout.
Ozil must start for Arsenal
Ozil has been out of favour with manager Unai Emery but took his chance on Wednesday having not appeared in Arsenal’s last seven games.
The midfielder brought quality, experience and creativity to the team and was involved in two of their five goals.
Arsenal’s results in the Premier League this season have been inconsistent and his exclusion has been a mystery but Emery admitted he was “back helping us with his quality and his spirit” at Anfield.
The Gunners sit 12 points behind league leaders Liverpool and after Sunday’s disappointing draw with Crystal Palace – the second time in as many games they have dropped points from winning positions – surely a return to the starting line-up for Ozil isn’t too far away.
‘What they did – I lost it!’ – the managers’ reactions
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sky Sports: “We made some mistakes, we played some average passes. We were too open at times. We can talk about tactics but who cares on a night like this? I hoped for the boys they would have a game to remember. What they did – I lost it really!
“It’s like a dream to play for the first time at Anfield, but things might not be going right and you have to stay on track. All our goals we scored were wonderful. If you don’t win nobody remembers it in three years, if it works out the boys will remember it forever.
“[Curtis] Jones… it was not my decision in the end for him to take the last penalty. When I saw the list, Origi was the taker of the last one and they changed it obviously.”
Arsenal manager Unai Emery on Sky Sports: “It was a crazy match. I am very proud of [the players’ work], we had a high rhythm in the first 45 minutes. At the end we were winning until the last action. Penalties are 50/50 and we lost.
“We are sad but our work, we deserve to have more. There are lots of positives to take. Defensively, both teams cannot be happy with that. But for the supporters it was an amazing 90 minutes. The result was always changing. It was spectacular.”
Goals, goals, goals – the best of the stats
- Liverpool conceded five goals in a home match for only the second time in the last 66 years – the other occasion was also against Arsenal, in a 6-3 defeat in the League Cup in January 2007.
- This was the highest-scoring match in the League Cup since a 6-6 draw between Dagenham & Redbridge and Brentford in August 2014.
- This was the highest-scoring draw between two Premier League teams since West Brom and Manchester United drew 5-5 in May 2013 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge.
- Liverpool have won more penalty shootouts in the League Cup than any other team in the history of the competition (eight).
- Only two Premier League teams have conceded more home goals in all competitions this season than Liverpool (13 goals conceded) – Norwich City (14) and Southampton (19).
- This was the first time a team managed by Jurgen Klopp have conceded five goals in a home game since September 2009, when his Borussia Dortmund side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.