Liverpool will want to sign a Divock Origi replacement this summer. But how close should that player be to the Belgian?
It appears Liverpool will sell Divock Origi and sign a replacement. The Daily Mail recently claimed that’s the case and that any money generated would go towards transfers.
That won’t surprise anyone. Origi has been incredibly ineffective since that Champions League final, with his only contribution of note being the Anfield Merseyside derby last season.
Now, that was a great performance but you want more from a player in two years of football. Origi, though, hasn’t given Liverpool much more.
The Belgian had four goals and one assist last season, with just one assist to his name this time around. He hasn’t had many starts, though.
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But his goals-to-minutes ratio doesn’t exactly look great.
Across the Champions League and Premier League in two seasons, Origi averages a goal or assist every 215 minutes. Or roughly one goal or assist every two and a half games.
That’s not good enough as so it’s tempting to just say Liverpool need something different. But despite his recent failures, the player can still be a model for his successor.
The Divock Origi mould
If Liverpool replace Origi with a player similar to their other stars, they become quite one-dimensional. Another Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Diogo Jota type would mean a pacey, nimble forward who runs in behind.
But that isn’t what Origi is. He can run in behind, of course, but he’s also a tall, physical presence who can play with his back to goal.
The problem with Origi is in his ability to make things happen, rather than his type. Because in theory, Liverpool should love a player like him.
Someone who can be an obvious target for crosses, someone they can use to unsettle certain defenders. Above all, someone who helps create an incredibly versatile attack.
It explains why Klopp has kept him around for so long, too. Origi is something different and can be used to shake things up.
We don’t want Liverpool to lose that. Rather, they should just improve on it.
That means finding someone who can fit that type just a little better than Origi. Or perhaps someone similar but a few years younger – someone Klopp can mould.
Perhaps that’s the preference, here. Liverpool will want a squad player to take over from Origi and it’s better for everyone if that’s a youngster.
Someone raw, with physical tools that give him a niche in the squad. That way, Klopp can have a player for the future while retaining what Origi gives him – an ability to shake things up.
Origi hasn’t quite become the player we all hoped. Despite that, we don’t think the idea should entirely be abandoned.