Divock Origi may be able to exploit a weakness in the Barcelona backline on Wednesday evening. Liverpool face Barcelona at Camp Nou in their Champions League semi-final first-leg.
The Belgian, who joined for £10m from Lille in 2014, could be in Liverpool’s starting lineup for the game. Roberto Firmino’s injury means Jurgen Klopp remains unsure over his fitness, potentially creating room for Origi.
And should that happen, we may well see Origi begin from the left. It’s been his position for most of his Liverpool starts this season, with Sadio Mane filling the Firmino void centrally.
It could work in Liverpool’s favour, too. Sergi Roberto will almost certainly start as Barcelona’s right-back and the physical advantage Origi has there looks valuable.
Roberto is only a slight 5ft8, after all, while Origi is a 6ft powerhouse, able to use his physicality when necessary. Usually, he’s up against a powerful full-back but that wouldn’t be the case against Barca.
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And Liverpool could certainly utilise that. Be it getting crosses into the box – something Liverpool thrive on lately – or looking to Origi to hold the ball up against a weaker defender, it’s the kind of battle that away teams need to exploit in Europe.
It’s still very much a ‘what if’ at this stage but should it come to pass, Origi could represent the key exploit in Barcelona.