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Andrea Pirlo: ‘Awful’ Divock Origi may have avoided a kicking from Liverpool teammates with late goal

By William Eldridge

Published: 11:35, 3 June 2019

Liverpool’s Divock Origi has come in for some criticism from Italian great Andrea Pirlo, who accused the forward of not having a “Champions League final attitude”.

The Belgian came on as a second-half substitute and scored with minutes left to play to help the Reds secure a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur in what turned out to be a rather flat affair.

Despite getting his name on the scoresheet, Origi – who also scored twice against Barcelona in the semi-final – has been criticised by Pirlo for showcasing a poor attitude, with the Italian insisting that the striker’s goal saved him from criticism from his teammates.

Pirlo told reporters: “Origi? He came in badly, if he hadn’t have had scored, he would have been beaten. His was not a Champions League final attitude, I really didn’t like it”.

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Pirlo also criticised the Tottenham Hotspur squad – with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen hit with direct condemnation – but he did save some praise for the Liverpool supporters who witnessed their side’s sixth success in the Champions League.

The former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder continued: “The match was also won by these fans, they made a difference.

“Tottenham had no personality, people like Alli and Eriksen who didn’t want the ball. There was little quality in midfield.

“Liverpool deserved the victory for the season they have had but also for these supporters.”