The former Everton defender injured Origi with a vicious tackle in April 2016 and some Liverpool fans saw the Belgian’s goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win as justice.
The 232nd Merseyside derby has been settled, and bragging rights belong to the red half of Liverpool.
In one of the most exhilarating finishes you could ask for during a game of football, a freakish build-up saw the Reds steal all three points against Everton with a solitary injury-time goal.
A delivery into the Toffees’ box was half-cleared into the path of Virgil van Dijk, whose attempted volley came off his shin and seemingly looked to float harmlessly out of play.
Except this wasn’t the case – as it came down, the ball’s trajectory looked too close to the woodwork for comfort, prompting Jordan Pickford to attempt to claw it out of play.
The Everton goalkeeper only succeeded in scooping the ball onto the crossbar and into the path of Divock Origi, who duly headed into the empty net from point-blank range.
The goal was all the sweeter for the Belgian given he has struggled for playing time at Liverpool, and earlier in the derby, he struck the bar from three yards out.
One Reds fan, meanwhile, suggested that Origi’s moment of glory in the game was redemption for an incident in the highly-charged fixture two-and-a-half years ago.
The derby in April 2016 saw the 23-year-old injured by a vicious Ramiro Funes Mori tackle, a moment which, in hindsight, looked to signal the time when things started going wrong for him at Anfield.
So in the wake of Origi’s winner against the Toffees, some fans took to Twitter to dedicate the goal to the Argentine, now playing for Villarreal:
That goal was for Funes Mori. The man thought he ended Origi’s Liverpool career when in fact the man just ended your old club.— Matt (@FalseFirmino) December 2, 2018
thank you for this tweet…I will never forget that p**** Funes Mori for that— E.G. (@stillnotf4mous) December 2, 2018
Too true— Javeer (@FCJabaaa) December 2, 2018
Divock got justice tonight
Funes Mori the f*ckwit whom intentionally injured him in his last derby… Nowhere to be seen now
Always had a soft spot for Origi. That Funes Mori tackle completely derailed his Liverpool career.— Paul McHugh (@baldypaul) December 2, 2018
Ultimate karma that he gets the winner today.
Karma for Funes Mori— Jamie Bennett (@jamiebennett_r) December 2, 2018
Anybody else thinking Origi got his revenge for that Funes Mori tackle? #LIVEVE— BoyOfTheWild’s (@BoyOfTheWilds) December 2, 2018