If the season were to end due to the health situation getting worse, several Liverpool players would be able to reflect with pride following a record-breaking season for Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Mentality Monsters’.
Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among those who have been particularly outstanding this campaign.
However, even in a squad that is littered in world-class talent such as Liverpool, frailty can still exist. For the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana, the 2019/20 campaign hasn’t been the most eye-catching in terms of their individual achievements.
The player who has disappointed the most perhaps this season has been club-icon and Champions League-winning hero Divock Origi. In a scenario where the season ended now, his campaign would be reflected on as a disaster, one that has failed to kick on from the campaign that saw the Belgian earn legendary status at the club last season.
This is not designed to single out Origi, but more so to ask, why hasn’t the striker kicked on over the past 12 months?
The Belgium international is still without a goal for the club since December following an emphatic brace against Merseyside rivals Everton.
He has found it tough to impact games when called upon by Klopp and Origi has been largely underwhelming when playing understudy to Roberto Firmino.
His situation speaks volumes that in a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Origi was listed alongside six Liverpool stars as players at risk of leaving the club at the end of the season.
A break can only benefit Origi
The bulk of Klopp’s English champions-elect have shown the standard of player required to rewrite history at a club that has for too long remained hidden in the shadows and the reality for Origi has shown it been a standard the player has struggled to get near.
He hasn’t been able to replicate the amount nor the importance of goals this time around and Origi now faces a fight for his future at the club.
The break can do him good, but it is doubtful that Origi will be a starter once the season resumes with Liverpool requiring just two wins to wrap up the Premier League title.
Indeed, Origi can still be a contributor from the bench and has another chance to rest and refocus to make a difference and provide for the team when selected.