Ethan Golding believes that it’s time that Liverpool sold Divock Origi after an unsuccessful loan spell at Wolfsburg last season.
Pre-season thus far has not gone the way that Divock Origi would have liked. The absence of Liverpool’s preferred front three has given the supporting cast of Liverpool’s attack an opportunity to prove their worth.
While none of the backup options available to Klopp have shone, some have fared better than others. Lazar Markovic has emerged from the wilderness and grabbed a goal.
While there is, in reality, no route into the first team for the Serbian, his experience as a winger has meant that he has been able to perform the essentials out wide and shown a perfunctory understanding of Klopp’s system.
Markovic’s problems really boil down to not having the quality required to hold down a place in Liverpool’s 23 man squad. Dominic Solanke’s problems are the reverse. Shunted out onto the left, to allow Origi to primarily operate through the centre means that his quality is not only wasted but unseen.
This time last year, we saw Dominic Solanke grab a handful of pre-season goals and had us all licking our lips at the prospect of nabbing the next top English talent from Chelsea.
Unfortunately, that form did not carry through into the season proper and the winner of the 2017 U20s World Cup Golden Ball seemed out of his depth.
However, a goal on the last day of the season, as well as some quality and fluid interplay in a 4-2-3-1 formation, gave fans a glimpse of what Solanke could offer if Klopp decides to gradually switch to the formation which he favoured during his Bundesliga days.
Danny Ings looks set for a move this summer, a decision which would benefit everyone involved, while Daniel Sturridge appears to have found a way of adapting his natural game to accommodate for shortcomings of his body.
Add to this, the seemingly instant understanding that has manifested between himself and Naby Keïta, and fans seem to be eager to board the Sturridge Hype Train once again.
However, Divock Origi has failed to offer fans anything to buy into. Unlike with Solanke, Origi has been given more time in his preferred central position and as a result, there are no excuses that can be made.
The Belgian striker does not fit into the fluid front three that Liverpool prefer to deploy. He lacks the quality to come short and fill the space of a false nine or a 10, something which both Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are capable of doing (albeit in different ways).
He doesn’t show the willingness to close down of a Danny Ings or a Dom Solanke and his all-round play is more often than not disappointing.
While he possesses the physique and pace required to make it as a striker in the Premier League, he lacks the speed of thought or the tactical nous to make it in a Jürgen Klopp side. Too often the 23-year-old needlessly strays offside or gives up possession. While he regularly throws out stepovers or faints, he rarely, if ever, seems to fool a defender.
As he is still young and guarantees between 5 and 10 goals a season, he would no doubt be able to demand a fee close to or above £20million in today’s market.
Danny Ings’ imminent departure seems a much more troubling departure than that of the Belgian’s but with Sturridge’s apparent willingness to remain at Anfield, Solanke’s suitability in a 4-2-3-1 (while he would benefit from a Premier League loan) and the emergence of Rhian Brewster scheduled for sometime this season, Origi’s future seems unlikely to be in Liverpool.
Reports claim that Liverpool value the Belgian at £27million and are ready to sell if their valuation is met.