Jurgen Klopp gave a sure sign that Divock Origi hasn’t got a future with Liverpool. The Belgian is now in a very difficult position.
It’s hard to see how Divock Origi has a Liverpool future. It was that way before the Reds faced Midtjylland but even more so now.
Going into the game, Origi had appeared just five times this season. But it looks even worse when you consider those appearances.
Two were starts in the Champions League after Jurgen Klopp heavily rotated. Another two games came in the League Cup – but only one start.
Then there’s his Premier League appearance. Origi played one minute against Leicester City – that’s all.
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So as he started against Midtjylland, the Belgian needed to take his chance. It was the only way he could earn himself further games this season.
That’s no easy task, of course. The regular front-three are firmly established as the best in the world, while Diogo Jota is a revelation.
Origi needs to fight for his place, performing when he can and proving to Klopp he should use him more.
That did not happen on Wednesday.
Origi didn’t play well. One poor shot was all he mustered in front of goal, while he made poor decision all game.
Most damning of all, Klopp substituted him off early. Given this was a game where the boss rotated his team quite heavily, that’s a very bad sign.
Origi should have been a sure-thing for a full 90 minutes – like Takumi Minamino managed. Instead, he was just there to limit Roberto Firmino’s minutes.
Origi, a £10m signing in 2014, failed to impress enough that Klopp kept him on the pitch, in short. And looking at the fixture list, it’s hard to see where he ever plays again.
He’s barely played as it is and the Belgian has not performed when he’s had the chance. And with Klopp not willing to give him a full 90 on Wednesday, Origi doesn’t appear to have a future at Anfield.