Liverpool lost a football match this week and it frankly feels very strange. Personally, not really used to this feeling. After a narrow, unlucky 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid – we feel that Takumi Minamino should be given the nod over Divock Origi in the next few weeks.
The Reds can feel hard done by after their narrow loss to Atletico.
The hosts netted a lucky goal after four minutes when the ball ricocheted to Saul Niguez in the six yard box.
Thereafter Diego Simeone’s side dug in stubbornly and impressively.
The hosts were incredible out of possession. They kept The Reds at bay with a disciplined defensive performance that saw them have just 27% of the ball.
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At half time Jürgen Klopp brought off Sadio Mane due to concerns over him picking up a second yellow as a result of Atletico diving.
Divock Origi was called up to replace the Senegalese winger.
Of course, Big Div is a striker, not a wide forward – he was out of position. Nonetheless, it was an incredibly disappointing performance from the Liverpool legend.
He wasn’t creative enough in possession and his touch was heavy too often.
In the coming weeks we would like to see Takumi Minamino given the nod over Divock Origi, affording the Japanese forward the chance to establish himself above Divock in the substitute pecking order.
The boss has always insisted that momentum is key to his team selections. Origi has surely given the boss cause to give another substitute a chance.
Sure, if we need a goal in the last minute then throwing Origi up top makes a lot more sense. If we have 20+ minutes to go and need to create something then Takumi Minamino should be given the shot over the Belgian.
With games against Watford, West Ham, Chelsea and Bournemouth before the second leg of the Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid – there are plenty of opportunities to give Takumi a run out, let’s just hope he proves he can be the super sub we may need.