When he arrived at Liverpool in October 2015, and perhaps contrary to the prevailing belief at the time, Jurgen Klopp liked what he saw.
A squad that had been written off as not good enough for the Reds during their previous season of struggle under the admirable but green Brendan Rodgers was actually okay, he thought. There were players there he could do something with.
Five years later Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino were back-to-back Champions League and Premier League winners, but it wasn't them that Klopp was talking about in the aftermath of his first Reds game, a goalless draw at Tottenham.
“I wanted to take him to Dortmund when Liverpool bought him, but he went to Liverpool and then on loan to Lille,” said Klopp at White Hart Lane when asked about the lively display of his 20-year-old forward Divock Origi.
“He’s a very good player, very fast, good technician. In this moment not full of experience in the game, because he didn’t play so often, but we will have fun with this player, I’m sure.”
And fun is what followed.
It was a few weeks later that Origi scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 League Cup win at Southampton, and then later in the season he struck in both legs of the epic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund.
He was on a run of four goals in four games going into the Merseyside derby against Roberto Martinez's struggling Everton, and then he went and netted the opener at the Kop end in the first half.
Shortly into the second, Ramiro Funes Mori struck.
"Four-nil against Everton, if you told me before the game I would take it but now it is spoiled by the injury," said Klopp after the match.
"The situation with Divock Origi is not good. The first reaction was maybe it's broken but it's not broken.
“The ankle is twisted so we have to see. The season is only four weeks [remaining]. I am happy that it is not broken.
"When you want to have success you need luck with injuries. Seeing him on the floor is not too nice so I couldn't enjoy the second half too much."
Funes Mori, the Argentinean defender Everton had signed for £9.5million the previous September, was given a straight red card by referee Bobby Madley.
Instead of sweeping towards Origi and the ball with his left foot for the challenge, he'd turned side on and stamped down with his right onto the right ankle of the now stricken Liverpool forward.
Origi was in agony and had to be taken off on a stretcher, but not before Funes Mori made a grab of the badge on his shirt as he made his own way down the tunnel, looking towards the visiting fans for approval.
Even in the context of a derby match it was unedifying.
"It's embarrassing. What is he doing? Everton fans won't fall for that nonsense," said Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports. The club certainly didn't.
Funes Mori was fined a week's wages and he also issued a public apology to Origi after the match, saying "I fervently hope it’s nothing serious and know that it was never my intention to hurt."
Unsurprisingly that didn't do much to dampen down the flames of the heated atmosphere that the incident caused, just another one in what has become a spiteful rivalry in recent years.
Origi's momentum was halted by the challenge, and he set about desperately trying to get himself back in contention for Liverpool at the Europa League final and Belgium at Euro 2016.
Incredibly he managed both, although it was clear that confidence and clarity had drained from his game.
When Liverpool signed Sadio Mane that summer and Klopp began to get a better idea of what he want to do with Firmino, Origi's place in the team was far from certain. He'd still have his moments, but you were never sure where his next start would come from.
He always remembered Everton though.
"It was an official message," he said rather dismissively of the Funes Mori apology before the next derby at Goodison Park in December 2016. "But these things happen." And the game? "It will be a war."
It was more of battle really, won by Liverpool in the 94th minute through Mane, before the Reds beat Everton at Anfield later in the season as Origi came off the bench to score almost immediately and seal a 3-1 win.
He still wasn't right though.
As the summer of 2017 brought Mohamed Salah and perhaps more pertinently the young forward Dominic Solanke, it was decided that Liverpool could do without Origi.
He was packed off to Wolfsburg on a season-long loan, and if you found a Liverpool supporter who confidently predicted that he'd one day return a better player when he went, then were even fewer when he returned after just six Bundesliga goals in a season of relegation fears.
He somehow survived the summer of 2018 – perhaps because no-one wanted to buy him – but three months into that season he still hadn't been seen.
Then came a cameo off the bench in a miserable 2-0 defeat at Red Star Belgrade, and then, a month later, pandemonium.
"I had it in my mind and have never forgotten since then," said Klopp after Origi's 96th minute header at the Kop end following a Jordan Pickford juggle had sent him sprinting onto the pitch.
“Fouls happen and even harsh tackles happen but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development because at that time [of the Funes Mori challenge] he was outstanding.
“After that he needed a long time before he felt nothing. Somehow he made the squad for the 2016 Europa League final.
“He was an unbelievable threat at that time. He had speed and was physically strong.
“And coming on tonight he can finish that chapter and from now on everything will be fine again.”
Heroics in the Barcelona comeback and in sealing victory over Tottenham in Madrid mean that "fine" might well be an understatement when it comes to Origi, but he has long come to be considered as a player capable of great moments rather than a great player capable of consistent ones.
Although that seems to change in Merseyside derbies.
There was a start and two more goals against Everton in a 5-2 win in December 2019, taking his all-time tally to five in the fixture – more than Michael Owen, Duncan Ferguson and Mane, and the same as Kenny Dalglish, Luis Suarez and Tim Cahill.
He probably won't start at Anfield on Saturday but if he were to somehow get another goal – his only one this season came at Lincoln in the League Cup – then he'd move level with Robbie Fowler, and write another chapter in his storied history in the fixture, perhaps in his last ever appearance in it.
Origi might never have turned out exactly as Klopp would have hoped, but he'll always remembered on Merseyside.
By both sides.
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