Jurgen Klopp gave Divock Origi ‘a mouthful’ against Atalanta, according to reports. It’s a very bad sign for a player struggling badly at the moment.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They say that Jurgen Klopp yelled at Divock Origi against Atalanta for his ‘lack of movement’.
It was clearly quite a pointed mouthful, too, given the press box heard it so clearly.
And that is a very bad sign for a player struggling badly at the moment. Origi needs to make sure Klopp is firmly on his side.
Because the Belgian was fortunate to start against Atalanta. Takumi Minamino was another option, of course, but Klopp went with Origi.
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He trusted him to help Liverpool through the game as the only ‘fresh’ player in Liverpool’s attack. Mohamed Salah is recovering from illness, for one, while Sadio Mane played the full 90 minutes against Leicester City.
Even the three midfielders played the entirety of that game – Origi had a special role, then. He needed to use his lack of games as an advantage and help his team out.
So the fact that Klopp had a problem with his lack of movement, of all things, is a terrible sign. But it’s not the only sign.
Klopp also made a four-player substitution on 57 minutes. Off came Kostas Tskimikas – the only player who feasibly could come off for Andy Robertson – Salah, who is recovering, Gini Wijnaldum, who played the 90 against Leicester, and Origi.
Not Mane, then, who also played that 90 minutes. Instead, Klopp took off Origi, the freshest player in his entire attack.
It’s difficult to read that back and see any kind of long-term future at Liverpool for Origi.
He failed the deliver the one thing Klopp put him in the side to do – make runs and stretch Atalanta.
With Minamino waiting in the wings and Diogo Jota lightyears ahead in the pecking order, Origi is in a very difficult spot.
Liverpool have certainly got their money’s worth since his £10m arrival – no doubt about that – but Origi’s time at Anfield is surely coming to and end.
And Wednesday’s performance against Atalanta, while not the sole reason, is an example why.