Divock Origi may spend the majority of his time at Anfield routed to the Liverpool bench, yet the Belgian is still regarded as a club-legend among Kopites.
He has already become one of Liverpool’s most iconic goalscorers despite his first-team opportunities limited at the club practically since the start of his arrival back in 2015.
With that said, Liverpool have done an incredible job to keep the player happy over what has been a hugely successful five-year period for the club.
Origi started on just seven occasions during Liverpool’s procession to the title last season and his first-team prospects this time around have not improved since.
At 25, Origi is vastly approaching the peak years of his career and is still no closer to becoming the main attacking figure at the club that a striker of his calibre should strive for.
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It’s because of this that Origi could be forgiven if he wanted to secure a move elsewhere that would potentially see him utilised as the primary attacking focal point of another top team.
However, Origi remains loyal to Liverpool and is dedicated to the current task at hand.
Even in his position as a bit-part player, Origi isn’t just content with his role at Anfield but openly thrives in it.
It is rare that a striker who has scored the all-important winning goal in a Champions League final would be happy to play second fiddle at the club yet such is the power of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp in maintaining harmony within the camp that Origi feels that he wouldn’t be better suited anywhere else.
Origi has taken the fast-track route to icon status at Anfield and it’s because of this that Klopp is able to keep his striker satisfied with his role from the bench and this is something that should be celebrated.
Squad management and happiness is central to Klopp’s thinking and it has ensured that squad players such as Origi buy into the model installed at the club that every player has a pivotal role to play to help pave the way towards success.
It’s such priorities that have meant Liverpool have had to pay just £23 million in their four previous transfer windows as the club have prioritised keeping hold of what they have as opposed to what they can get elsewhere in the transfer market.
Origi – who currently earns £45,000-a-week according to Spotrac – was an unused substitution during Liverpool’s 4-3 victory at Leeds and this is something that the Belgium international has become far too accustomed to in previous seasons.
During the 2019/20 campaign, Origi was an unused substitute during nine of 37 league fixtures last time out – he missed just one match due to injury.
With that said, even after the heroics of some of Liverpool’s all-time most iconic goals, Origi still has had to remain patient for opportunities in the starting XI.
This is just one of many reasons of what sets Liverpool apart from their rivals as Klopp’s ability to keep his players both competitive and happy have ultimately saved the Reds millions in the transfer market.
Origi has selflessly sacrificed his own first-team opportunities potentially elsewhere to be part of a project where he has to step up and deliver in the limited time he has.
He is a player who deserves so much respect when considering his influence on the team 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 to the mark on countless occasions to vindicate himself as a viable option off the bench for Liverpool.
The fact that Liverpool have successfully retained his services for another season could prove to be a signing in itself especially if Origi is to have a similar impact from the bench to that of the 2018/19 campaign.
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