Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi feel incredibly close to Liverpool’s exit door. Neither player has an obvious future right now.
Divock Origi got nine minutes against Manchester United on Sunday. He got 57 minutes the previous Thursday against Burnley and another five minutes in the game before that, again against United.
That’s 71 minutes total, in which Origi did very little. He had four shots – all against Burnley – hitting the target with two. He didn’t create any chances, he competed one dribble, and he was tackled twice. [Stats per Whoscored]
All in all, Origi did not do much. Which is worrying for him, given this is the most football he’s had for some time.
But right now, it’s hard to see what Liverpool do with him. Or even, really, when they play him once Diogo Jota is back.
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Origi has one goal all season, after all, and it came in the League Cup. He just isn’t offering anything in important games.
And yet, his situation actually looks better than Takumi Minamino’s.
Minamino actually has four goals this season. Two came in the League Cup, another in the Community Shield, and one in the Premier League.
And that last goal is notable. It came in Minamino’s last significant start – against Crystal Palace. Yes, the game in which Liverpool won 7-0.
Clearly, that game didn’t leave much of an impression on the Reds’ coaching staff because we’ve barely seen Minamino since. He got an hour against Aston Villa’s Under 23s, then six minutes against Burnley.
But most of the time, Jurgen Klopp just doesn’t use him.
Curtis Jones played left-wing against United, leaving Minamino out of action. If he’s not getting games over a teenage midfielder, when will he get them?
The answer looks increasingly like ‘he just won’t get them’. Even at a time when Liverpool struggle to make things happen going forward.
If Liverpool don’t want to use Minamino now, it’s hard to believe they ever will. And in that case, they’ll surely move him on in the summer.
It just doesn’t make sense to keep him around, much like Origi, when he’s contributing next to nothing. Minamino doesn’t even get the chance to contribute, in fact.
Minamino and Origi both feel as though they’re very close to the exit door at Liverpool. We expect something of a squad revamp in the summer and, as a result, there surely won’t be much room for the duo.
This increasingly looks like their final four months at Anfield.