According to Jürgen Klopp (and a lot of Kopites), Divock Origi is now a “Liverpool legend” – the gaffer made the proclamation at his pre-match press conference broadcast on the club’s YouTube channel.
The Belgian striker joined Liverpool from Lille in a £10m deal in 2014. He was then immediately loaned back to the French side. After a couple of promising if unremarkable seasons at Anfield and an unsuccessful loan spell at Wolfsburg, Origi’s Merseyside future looked uncertain.
However, in the 2018/19 season, Big Div got into the habit of scoring important goals. The 24-year-old scored a last gasp winner against Everton, grabbed a vital goal against Newcastle, bagged a brace against Barcelona and sealed the win in the Champions League final in Madrid. More recently, Origi scored twice (including an injury time scissor kick equaliser) in the Reds thrilling Carabao Cup win over Arsenal. If you want to endear yourself to Kopites, scoring vital goals is a great way to do it.
The question is: where does Liverpool legend Divock Origi fit in in the long term?
At the minute, the Belgian is being used as a winger when one of the front three need time out of the side. Origi is, of course, naturally a striker.
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The man has bags of potential, he is only 24 years old after all. Will he reach that potential playing now and then at Liverpool? Or does he need a move away?
Origi had a torrid time at Wolfsburg, scoring just six times in 22 starts. Is he better off learning from the best at Anfield or does he need to learn to walk on his own?
Sadly, there may come a time when we have to let him go as he won’t be happy spending his entire career on the bench. He has been vital for us when we needed him but for the good of his career he may need a move if he doesn’t establish a foothold in the first team in the next couple of seasons.
If the Reds add some strength in depth to their attack then we may be able to give Divock Origi another loan move in future. Hopefully a period of regular first team football will see him return to Anfield a striker we can rely on to start games. One thing is for certain, he won’t be a regular starter any time soon.