Steve Nicol was destructive in his criticism of Divock Origi after it was announced by the club that he had signed a new contract.

“I was asked this question whether they should resign him and I said no,” he told ESPN FC, via the Express. “I don’t think Origi is any better today than he was. He’s 24 now, he joined Liverpool when he was 19.

“If Klopp wants to give Firmino a rest for example and you play Origi, the level drops so far down. That’s my problem.”

Divock Origi.

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While it’s understandable why Nicol would have preferred to see Origi sold this summer and replaced with a top tier forward, to say he hasn’t improved is just unfair.

The 24-year-old didn’t see any football last season until he was given game time against Everton and we all remember how the Merseyside Derby ended at Anfield.

 

Not only did he score a late winner to win the Derby, he did the same against Newcastle at St. James Park, scored an iconic brace to sink Barcelona before he nonchalantly fired Liverpool to a sixth Europe Cup in Madrid.

Jordan Henderson.

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Origi is not perfect but he’s exactly what you need in a bench player as his clutch ability to score winners without complaining about game time means that Jurgen Klopp has a player that will happily play second fiddle to Mane, Firmino and Salah.

Players that are happy to sit on the bench are either not as good as Origi at scoring important goals with limited game time or require to be paid huge wages.

Origi might not be the marquee signing that supporters so crave but his contract extension is a fine piece of business.

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