Divock Origi has left the football world in a frenzy after an outlandish moment of magic in Liverpool's League Cup win over Preston.
On the same day that West Ham ended Manchester City's four-year stranglehold on the domestic Cup competition, Origi grabbed the headlines with an audacious strike that's lit up the internet.
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Liverpool had to overcome a poor start to win 2-0 at Preston, as manager Jurgen Klopp rung the changes following his side's 5-0 demolition of Manchester United in the Premier League at the weekend.
The Reds had scored 30 goals in eight previous away games this season, but a much-changed side failed to hit the heights of their historic outing at Old Trafford.
Preston had by far the better of the first-half as Adrian made a point-blank save from Sean Maguire, Neco Williams cleared off the line and Brad Potts fired over within a matter of seconds.
Liverpool were clinical as they went in front with their first shot on target just after the hour mark as Williams' cross was acrobatically flicked home by Takumi Minamino.
Klopp's men then controlled the final half hour and doubled their lead in spectacular fashion when Divock Origi's backheel dinked the ball over Delcan Rudd.
Origi has a reputation for scoring the spectacular and he dug into his bag of tricks with a strike that showcased all his footballing imagination.
The stunning strike unsurprisingly set tongues wagging on social media as the football world reacted to the incredible moment.
Divock Origi only cares about scoring the spectacular or the absurd. Has absolutely no time for normal goals.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) October 27, 2021
Origi really scored this goal 😳😳
— Mr pressdent🇬🇭 (@Korsogyimi) October 27, 2021
Hahahaha that’s the most Divock Origi goal ever.
— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) October 27, 2021
Only Origi can do nothing all game then score a goal like that 😂😂
— Josh🩸 (@_lfcjosh) October 27, 2021
Klopp on Divock Origi:
“Divock’s goal was just Divock Origi; it was obviously not a striker’s game because we didn’t play that well and it is difficult for the strikers, but the goal he scored was quite special.” #awlive [lfc]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 27, 2021
Origi has to be well out in the lead for most ridiculous and iconic goals per goal scored
— GeoGabe (@Geo_Gabe) October 27, 2021
Divock Origi’s Goal should Win Goal of the season both in the Carabao Cup and Premier League... I’m even speechless 😶 What an outrageous Goal 🤩🔥
— JEFF TYMER🇬🇭🏴 (@Jeff_Tymer_) October 27, 2021
Holders Man City suffer Hammer blow
Liverpool will seriously fancy their chances of winning the League Cup for the first time in nine years after holders Man City crashed out on penalties against West Ham.
City's record run in the competition came to an end at the London Stadium as the Hammers emerged 5-3 winners from a penalty shootout after both sides were guilty of missing plenty of chances in a 0-0 draw.
Phil Foden was the only man to miss from the spot as Mark Noble, Jarrod Bowen, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Said Benrahma all found the net for David Moyes' men.
Pep Guardiola characteristically named a strong side and will feel City should have continued their run of 21 League Cup games without defeat.
Nathan Ake, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling all wasted big opportunities as the scoreline belied a contest which raged from one end to the other.
Tomas Soucek also side-footed wide two big chances to win the game for the hosts.
Foden was thrown on along with Jack Grealish in an attempt to win the game from Guardiola.
But the England international pulled City's first penalty wide and stand-in goalkeeper Zack Steffen could not bail his teammate out despite getting a hand to Bowen and Benrahma's strikes.
😱 IT'S OVER!! @ManCity is out of the @Carabao_Cup after a FIVE-YEAR unbeaten run in the competition, a miss from @PhilFoden in the penalty shootout proving crucial!! All the highlights are here 👉🏻 https://t.co/gFnaVXHHXJ | #CarabaoCup #WHUMCI pic.twitter.com/g6TyAO9Zv0
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) October 27, 2021
Elsewhere, Tottenham's bid for a first trophy since they last won the League Cup in 2008 remains on course as Nuno Espirito Santo was rewarded for naming a strong side with a 1-0 win at Burnley.
Leicester also needed penalties to see off Brighton after an entertaining game ended 2-2.
Brentford reached the last eight for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 win at Stoke thanks to first-half goals from Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney.
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