Divock Origi’s status as a club legend remains unquestionable yet his Liverpool first-team credentials still seem to spark some bizarre thinking in the media.
According to Michah Richards of Sky Sports, Liverpool’s Champions League final-winning hero Origi cannot be trusted to play 20 games under Jurgen Klopp in the club’s upcoming Premier League title defence.
Richards said: “Origi has scored some very important goals, but would you trust him for 20 games at season?
“That’s why Manchester City are favourites, because of their squad.”
Origi’s name deserves some respect
Origi, 25, deserves much more respect when considering his influence on the Reds over the past two seasons.
Yes, his goalscoring credentials are questionable when compared to that of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino yet Origi has stepped up on countless occasions to vindicate himself as a viable option off the bench for Liverpool.
To say Manchester City have the edge in next season’s title race because of their squad is a lazy analogy.
Let’s not forget that this is the same team that finished a gargantuan 18-points off the Reds last season and have since added just Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres to bridge such a formidable gulf.
Richards is well within in his rights to question whether Origi can deliver the goods for Liverpool over a sustained period for the club given his lack of gametime last season yet when he has been called upon the Belgian international has stepped up.
During his most recent start on the final day against Newcastle United, Origi rounded off the season with a stunning goal at St James’ Park to help Liverpool register a club-record 99 points last month.
Indeed, his goalscoring total of four last season is a modest amount in the grand scheme of events yet given he started just six PL fixtures during the 2019/20 campaign, his goalscoring output for the season suddenly don’t look too shabby.
Unfortunatley for Origi, he has had to play second fiddle to the best forward trident in world football for the last two seasons whom all have been able to avoid substantial injuries in that period.
Does Origi get into Liverpool and Klopp’s preferred attacking trio? No.
But considering the former Genk striker has scored some of the club’s biggest goals in it’s 127-year history suggests that he has proven himself more than an adequate enough understudy.
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