Liverpool vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. This is a fixture that will have Divock Origi chomping at the bit following his performance against the Gunners last season.
The Belgian sensation scored twice during the enthralling 5-5 clash in the fourth round of the competition last term, one of which was a stunning overhead kick in the 94th minute to take the match to penalties.
Origi, 25, was a menace all game and showcased the undeniable quality we all know is there when he is given the platform to shine.
Against Arsenal last season, Origi scored twice, had four shots, took 61 touches, made 38 passes and clocked up an impressive pass succession rate of 94.7% according to WhoScored.
Alongside the Everton PL fixture, Origi’s excursions against the Gunners represented his standout performance of the season and Liverpool supporters will hope to see something similar tomorrow night.
If he is to start, Origi will have to perform better than he did in the previous round against Lincoln City which saw Liverpool run out 7-2 winners.
Origi scored and assisted against the League One outfit but was barely involved in possession and cut a peripheral figure despite being deployed as the central attacking focal point of the team.
He only touched the ball 27 times which was comfortably less than any other Liverpool player which by Origi’s high standards isn’t good enough considering he was one of the senior members of the starting XI.
Origi was even handed the captain’s armband for the second half after Virgil van Dijk was subbed off at the interval. It showcases how high in esteem the former Genk striker is held among the Liverpool contingent.
Also, Origi is still yet to clock up any minutes in the Premier League yet this season having been an unused substitute in all three of the Reds’ opening fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign.
With that said, Origi will require a performance that is going to enhance his first-team prospects given the added competition in attack following the £45 million addition of Diogo Jota.
The Portugal international got off to the perfect start following his debut goal against Arsenal on Monday night. Origi will hope for a swift response tomorrow night and it couldn’t come in a better fixture for the Belgium international.
A rotation role this season is more suitable, and Origi showing what he can do on nights like tomorrow would go a long way to silencing talk of a potential Anfield exit.
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