Now that the league is done and dusted there is little for Liverpool to play for, apart from a record points total of course. Individuals do still have a lot to prove though, these final games of the season could help shape Jürgen Klopp’s plans for the next campaign – who stays? Who goes? Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will need to step up to the plate if they are to play a part next season.
Kopites have been wondering for a while if and when Divock Origi will kick on. The Belgian has become a cult hero at Anfield and his legacy is secure – a goal in the Champions League final will do that for you.
However, there are legitimate questions about whether or not he is good enough to be Liverpool’s solo backup striker. At 25-years-old the forward should really be starting to realise his potential.
At the weekend the Belgian was afforded another start and put in one of his most disappointing performances to date. The cult hero was ineffectual, regularly stalling in possession and failing to create anything with his passing or movement – he has scored just three league goals all season.
Whilst the 25-year-old will have been breathing a sigh of relief when the Timo Werner deal fell through he may find himself losing his second striker role to Rhian Brewster if he doesn’t impress in the final games of the season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a woeful game at the weekend. The Ox is prone to flashes of brilliance but has so often been disappointing in the long spells in between.
Against Aston Villa the former Arsenal man failed to find his teammates with any regularity and often ran into trouble. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such a sloppy performance from Oxlade-Chamberlain. With Naby Keita coming on leaps and bounds The Ox wil have to step his game up if he is to keep his place in the side next season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain also has to worry about the impact that Curtis Jones had when he came off the bench. The local lad was much more assured and fast in possession. He was decisive on the ball and his efforts were rewarded with his first Premier League goal.