Divock Origi has no goals in his last 22 games but Jurgen Klopp has little choice but to back the forward, regardless of his form.
Origi’s poor form
When Origi bagged twice against Everton in early December, few would have imagined they’d be his final goals of the season. Yet here we are with two games to go and it’s looking very likely that they will be.
Origi has now gone 22 games without a goal. In some ways that’s harsh, as he’s only played a minute in several of those appearances. But it’s none in 16 games where he’s played at least five minutes. Zero in ten where he’s played at least 25 minutes.
To look at it in yet another way, he’s started 13 games this season and scored in just three. That jumps to four if you count assists.
So to sum up, Origi has had a bad season. He’s not producing anything at the moment yet remains Liverpool’s only experienced replacement for the usual front three.
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Timo Werner failure
This form goes a long to way explaining why Liverpool supposedly wanted Werner this summer. As the Independent says, the Reds wanted the player but couldn’t justify his fee in this economic climate.
Liverpool did want to replace Origi, then, but can’t justify bringing in anyone for a sizeable fee. It seems highly unlikely that we’ll see anyone new in the forward positions as decent goalscorers don’t come cheap.
That doesn’t mean Origi is home-free when it comes to his role in the squad, however.
Rhian Brewster hope
We wrote recently how Brewster can’t really return soon enough. He’s scoring goals in the Championship and looks like a natural in that regard – exactly the kind of forward Liverpool need right now.
They need someone who can find the back of the net without too much trouble. Just see their last two games, for proof of that. Liverpool mustered 47 shots over their last two games but scored just two, dropping five points in the process.
The Reds need another option, then, and Brewster looks like that player. But that doesn’t mean Klopp can afford to lose patience with Origi.
Klopp will have to bet on Origi next season regardless. We can’t imagine the Belgian going anywhere if Liverpool don’t sign anyone and thus he will still be there.
And even if Brewster does re-join the first-team, Origi will remain the most experienced backup forward in the squad. For all the hope we have in Brewster, he’ll still only have six months of senior football under his belt – he’s not a proven quantity.
Thus Liverpool’s best option is to have both Origi and Brewster as options. Neither are guaranteed to get goals but the chances that one of them can increases greatly when you bet on them both.