Divock Origi’s starts for Liverpool are few and far between. That means when he does get an opportunity, he needs to seize it.
He was handed his first competitive appearance of the season in either the Premier League or Champions League last night against FC Midtjylland, and given his habit of scoring in big moments, this seemed like the type of game which would spark Origi back into life.
Instead, it was a frustrating game for Origi, whose performance could be put in as a 6/10 at best.
Origi has lost total momentum from 12-14 months ago where he was delivering on the biggest stage for Liverpool. He was far too predictable for Midtjylland defenders to deal with last night.
Needed more help
Origi, to his merit, did not have a lot to work with. Liverpool did not manage to create a single chance for him.
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He failed to register a solitary shot at goal and didn’t create a single goal-scoring opportunity for his teammates.
Despite Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson creating a combined six chances, none of them came Origi’s way, who was placed on the right side of an attacking quartet as Jurgen Klopp once again utilised a 4-2-3-1 system.
His last start in the Champions League came almost a year to the day at Anfield to his former side Genk. It was a similar kind of performance then for the Belgian, who is struggling for confidence in the team. He managed just one shot in that particular affair.
So it is hard to be too harsh on him, when he is not getting service to be successful.
Origi was only able to make 33 touches before he was replaced on the hour-mark for Sadio Mane.
None of Origi’s last two appearances have come when Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three have been on the pitch.
He would stand a much better chance of being successful if he gets to play alongside the most feared forward trident in world football. The last match he started and clocked up over an hour of action alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino he did just that. He scored and assisted during the opening day victory against Norwich last season.
Liverpool are moving on
The harsh reality for Origi – who cost the Reds £10 million in 2015 [BBC] – is that Liverpool are a much more dynamic team without him in it, sadly for the Anfield icon.
Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and even Xherdan Shaqiri offer Liverpool so much more off the ball, and as such have moved higher than the 25-year-old in Klopp’s attacking pecking order.
Both Jota and Shaqiri stayed on longer than Origi and both added more to Liverpool’s performance from an attacking sense than the Belgian.
So while Origi’s performances require more help from his teammates if he is going to be successful, his last two run-outs in the team may have showcased to Klopp that he has better options in the team elsewhere.
Supporters will never forget what he has done for this football club following some of the most iconic goals in the club’s 127-year history. It would have been the most Divock Origi thing ever to notch in the club’s 10,000th goal last night, but that accolade, in the end, went to Jota.
Origi’s contract doesn’t expire until 2024, so unless the club are looking to sell, it would appear that the striker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
While there is every possibility that this isn’t the last time we’ve seen Origi in action under the Anfield lights, we can’t help but think that last night was a huge opportunity squandered from the Belgian’s part.
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