It’s been quite the fall from grace for Liverpool striker Divock Origi.
Just over a year ago, we were parading the 25-year-old striker as a club legend after his goals helped fire Liverpool to Champions League immortality and it felt as if his Reds career had finally sprung into life.
His goals came on the biggest stage for Liverpool against Everton, Newcastle, Barcelona and Tottenham and it showcased he was deserving of more opportunities in the first team.
Such an unstoppable reign of form forced the club’s hand in tying Origi down to a new lucrative long-term contract at Anfield, and he has failed to kick-on since.
Unstoppable to invisible
There have been a few forgettable performances during the Belgian’s five-year spell at Anfield, but few were as poor as the display we witnessed last night.
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What makes Origi stand out is that expectations have been sky-high since he hammered home that all-important winning goal in Madrid on June 1.
His failure to follow that up has hurt Liverpool, but more damage has been done on Origi’s part whose performances have failed to convince Jurgen Klopp and supporters that he can still have a lasting impact at Anfield.
Against Atalanta, Origi failed to land a single shot nor create a chance for his team. He touched the ball on just 22 occasions which was comfortably the lowest output in the team.
His failure to impact matches when called upon is surprising given how consistent he had become in delivering in the big occasions for his team.
He has clocked up 48 appearances since the European Cup final in Madrid scoring just seven goals in that period.
The quality of a striker is not just explosive play, it’s about having consistency.
This is something that has been worryingly lacking since Origi sent millions of supporters into raptures following his goalscoring exploits against Spurs.
Right now Origi needs to solve this just like the rest of the team need to respond following such a disheartening performance. When he ticks, Liverpool invariably are a better team.
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