Divock Origi could start against Everton on Sunday as Liverpool return to Premier League football. The Belgian perhaps should start the game.
While Liverpool return on Sunday, Mohamed Salah may not. The Liverpool Echo says the Egyptian has missed part of the warm-up program and Jurgen Klopp may not risk him.
And in truth, he probably shouldn’t. Liverpool are so far clear at the top that there’s no need for any risks. Especially, in fact, with such a dense fixture schedule coming up.
If Salah doesn’t start, though, who comes in? Well, it should probably be Origi.
You rarely get to see the Belgian from the start in the Premier League. Only four times this season, to be precise, and just once in 2020 – West Ham United on January 29th.
And yet, Origi actually has a good record in those four games. He’s scored three in four Premier League starts with two of those, importantly, coming against Everton.
Origi bagged a brace at Anfield in the season’s first Merseyside Derby. Leading the line, the Toffees couldn’t handle Origi while Roberto Firmino and Salah sat on the bench.
He started against Everton in the FA Cup, too, and it was Origi who created the space for Curtis Jones’ fantastic winner.
So if Salah doesn’t start against Everton – and again, he probably shouldn’t – then Origi is surely at the front of the queue to step up. He’s got a good record from the start and a great record against the opponents.
Hopefully, he gets an opportunity to extend both of those.