Divock Origi looks set to be at Liverpool next season. Here are three ways the Reds can revitalise their misfiring forward.
Origi ended the 18/19 season in style, scoring a brace in the Champions League semi-finals and then another in the final. It was no surprise, then, that the Belgian was Liverpool’s primary backup last season.
But a stuttering campaign followed. Origi scored just four Premier League goals, with only one coming in 2020 – the last game of the season.
If the 25-year-old is sticking around for next season – and we think he will – then here are three ways Liverpool can revitalise him.
An obvious one. Origi only started seven Premier League games last season, with one more coming in the Champions League. Is it a huge surprise that he struggled for form, then?
It’s not like those starts came in a row, either. Origi didn’t start back-to-back games in either competition.
If Liverpool want more from the Belgian, trusting him to play consistently is at the top of the list. It takes trust, of course, and means leaving others out. But it could come with the benefit of a consistent backup player.
2. Change of formation
So how do Liverpool give Origi more minutes without leaving out the front-three? A change of formation would do it. If Liverpool played more often with a 4-2-3-1 system – something we think Jurgen Klopp could try – then there’s room for Origi.
More than that, there’s room for a more traditional striker, which suits the Belgian. The usual 4-3-3 is more of a ‘False 9’ centre-forward, which Roberto Firmino plays to perfection.
Origi isn’t that type of player, however. But in a 4-2-3-1, there’s a no.10. That playmaker role allows the centre-forward to focus on leading the line, which is firmly Origi’s strength.
3. New blood
Adding someone new in a forward role could benefit Origi. It could also limit his minutes further, of course, which may force him out.
But the alternative is that Origi could focus on a specific position. Right now, he moves between covering as a striker and also backing up Sadio Mane on the left.
Signing a player for either position would allow Origi to focus on the other. Ideally, this would be a left-winger as the 25-year-old suits striker more. But either could work well.
At the moment, Liverpool ask Origi to learn two positions and without regular game time. For next season, though, perhaps Origi should simply focus on one.