Divock Origi may only have three chances left to secure his Liverpool future. The Belgian is running out of time at Anfield.
Liverpool play Brighton on Wednesday but we don’t expect Origi to start the game. He did against Aston Villa at the weekend, of course, but he failed to take that chance.
Origi didn’t look comfortable on the pitch, in truth. Nothing came off for him and he rarely got into favourable positions. Liverpool undoubtedly improved once Roberto Firmino got on the pitch.
The quick turnaround before Brighton means Firmino – the best-rested of the usual front-three – will surely start. We’d expect both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, each chasing the Golden Boot, to play, too.
So where will Origi get games? If not here, we only see three possible starts – and we don’t even expect him to get them all.
There’s little chance that Origi starts against both Chelsea and Arsenal. The games have a week’s break in between, meaning the first-choice players will surely start at least one.
He’d then have to get starts against both Burnely and Newcastle to reach three. And make no mistake – Origi needs starts to show what he can do.
His record from the bench this season is awful. 24 substitute appearances, one assist, zero goals. His record from the start reads three goals in seven games, suggesting he really needs a starting place or he’s a passenger at best.
But we can only see three possible starts for the remainder of the season. Origi may not even get those and he needs them to secure his future at Liverpool.
Rhian Brewster is currently putting on great displays for Swansea City since joining on loan and Jurgen Klopp admits they’ll assess his future for next season.
There’s a very good chance that Liverpool decide that 20-year-old Brewster, with his newly-found experience, is a better bet than 25-year-old Origi.
And the Belgian is running out of time to sway their minds.