Divock Origi’s starts for Liverpool are few and far between. That means when he does get his opportunity in the starting XI, he needs to seize it. He didn’t quite do that in the Champions League on Tuesday night against FC Midtjylland. Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey told us that he believes time could be up for the Anfield icon.
Given his habit of scoring in big moments, Liverpool’s first European night of the season at Anfield seemed like the perfect kind of game which would spark the Belgium international back into life.
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 against his former side Genk. It was a similar kind of performance then for Origi, who is struggling for confidence in the team. He managed just one shot in that particular affair.
In midweek, Origi was only able to make 33 touches before he was replaced on the hour-mark for Sadio Mane.
Emile Heskey on Origi
Considering this was Origi’s first appearance in either the Premier League or Champions League this season, he really needed a performance to regain some much-needed momentum.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t quite meant to be for the Liverpool cult-hero who looks a polar opposite of the player who was deciding matches for the Reds on the biggest stage in club football just over a year ago.
Nothing was going his way and he cut the image of a player who knew that his time at the club could potentially be running out. We asked fellow Anfield icon and former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey whether or not we may have seen the last of Origi at the home of the Premier League champions.
Speaking exclusively with Rousing the Kop, he said: “It’s a difficult one considering what he has done for the club. You haven’t seen him complain, he has just got on with it. He comes in and does his job.
“Yes, from the start of games he hasn’t been as good as when he comes off the bench. When he comes off the bench he gives you something and you can see he always plays with his heart when he is out there.
“At this stage now, he has to go out and play regularly. I think his time is up. He has been a great servant and you have to take your hat off to him, he’s done fantastically. Everyone has their time.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool fans are desperate to see Origi back to doing what he does best, nothing is coming off for him at this moment.
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 which is sad when you consider how big a player he has been in the club’s recent success.
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.
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