There’s a mighty interesting extract from Simon Hughes’ book Allez Allez Allez, which we’d advise you to purchase and read in full!
According to the journalist, Everton came in with a permanent offer for Divock Origi at the end of the summer 2018 transfer window, but ultimately, didn’t present enough money.
“Then, right at the end of the summer window, Everton came in: a permanent deal to cross Stanley Park,” Hughes writes. “At the right price, Origi might have gone. But he stayed and decided to fight for his place.”
Can you imagine how different the history books would be if our Belgian hero had walked the rarely trodden path from Anfield to Goodison?
Not only would his last minute winner v Everton have never happened, but we might not have won the Champions League either – with Origi’s goals in the semi-final and final a huge part of our glory!
Having said that, we’d be surprised if Origi fancied making the switch in the first place, after former Everton central defender Ramiro Funes-Mori savagely and cynically ruined the end of his 2015/16 season with a horror tackle – when the Toffees were getting annihilated in the Merseyside Derby.
Their fans took bizarre joy in the incident and made the Argentine a cult-hero as a result – which says more about how little they ever have to actually celebrate – than anything.
But as we all know, Origi stayed with Liverpool and this summer signed a new contract – just reward for his big-game prowess.
We can’t wait to see more of Divvy, now.