Divock Origi isn’t sure how long he’ll follow the Liverpool project for but he’s sticking around for now. The Belgian feels he’s growing as a player.
“I am a better player than last year. [Jurgen] Klopp has given me the space to develop myself,” said Origi. “I always listen to my instinct and continue to work. We have spoken with Liverpool and we have a nice course ahead of us. I just want to get better here.
“It is a project for me and I want to follow it. I don’t know how long I will do that. I feel that I am making progress, then it is a pity that the competition has just stopped.”
What RTK has to say
Origi is in a very strange position – even before the suspension of all football. He’s a Champions League hero for Liverpool but also not quite good enough.
And yet he’s got a long-term deal at the club – and a deserved one, too. His performances at the end of last season fully warranted a long-term deal as Origi showcased a rare ability to win big games.
But this season suggested that Origi isn’t quite up to scratch. He’s only started five Premier League games, for one thing, scoring a total of three goals over 22 appearances (17 as a substitute).
If he feels that he develops without playing much, then you can see Origi staying around for at least another year. By then, however, he’ll be 25 and there’s a limit to how much he can develop without regular game time.
For now, however, it looks as though Origi will stick around with this project. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes any transfer plans.