Divock Origi handed Liverpool a timely reminder of his valuable skill as he scored against Newcastle United on Sunday. The Belgian’s future isn’t clear.
Origi scored a wonderful goal at St James’ Park on Sunday. Cutting inside, he fired a strike from the corner of the box that nestled into the far side of the net.
Liverpool needed that goal, too, as the Reds were 1-1 in a game they will have wanted to win. Victory would put them onto 99 points, after all – a new club record.
Origi found a way through, though. It was a fine goal and while Liverpool did need it to win the game, Origi needed it far, far more.
When it matters
In truth, Liverpool could have finished the season on 96 or 97 points and no one would have cared too much. They wanted the win, of course, but they’re already champions of England.
Origi, however, definitely needed something. Going into this one, the Belgian hadn’t found the net since December 4th when he scored twice against Everton.
He hadn’t even registered an assist since January (also, funnily enough, against Everton).
But this goal, while it came in a game that was largely a dead rubber, showcased the skill Origi has over any other – he can score when he needs to.
We saw that best last season, of course. Origi’s winner against Newcastle in 2019 kept the title race alive. His brace against Barcelona sent Liverpool into the Champions League final.
His goal in Madrid wrapped that final up. Not bad for a £10m signing.
And this goal, while not as important to Liverpool as those goals, is vital for Origi. He needed to show that he can still do it as the Reds head into a strange transfer window.
The transfer window
Will there be money to spend? We don’t actually know. Liverpool may just try to stick with what they have, given the economic climate.
But that also means they may look to move players on and make extra cash – if there are internal replacements. Origi may have such a replacement in Rhian Brewster.
The 20-year-old is impressing with Swansea City and looks ready for a squad role with Liverpool. His ability to score goals appears to be above Origi’s, making him arguably better-suited to that role.
But Origi can score when it matters. He made sure to remind Liverpool of that against Newcastle and it’s certainly worth remembering.
As we head into the transfer window and the Reds assess their squad, that skill could be what saves Origi at Liverpool.