Divock Origi will miss out on a chance to change Liverpool’s mind over a potential transfer, it appears. The Belgian is battling an injury.
The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool expect Divock Origi to leave in the transfer window. That suggests they’re actively looking to move him on, rather than merely being open to offers.
Now, that won’t surprise many. Origi hasn’t played much at all this season – likely even less than people think.
He’s amassed just 182 minutes in the Premier League across 2020/21. That’s barely more than two games.
It’s not much better in the Champions League – just 211 minutes.
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Unsurprisingly, Origi hasn’t provided any goals in this time. He just hasn’t had the opportunities.
Though, when put into minutes, it’s quite harsh to judge Origi. Last season, for instance, he struggled badly and only had four goals.
That looks terrible when you consider he had 28 Premier League appearances but the minutes totalled 702. That’s not quite eight games.
With that perspective, Origi actually had a goal record slightly better than one in two. You can’t really ask for more from your backup striker.
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We imagine Jurgen Klopp just doesn’t see Origi as the right fit for the team. That or he doesn’t trust him in certain moments and games.
It would be fair to think that, too, given Origi plainly isn’t on the level of the other forwards. But he does have the ability to change people’s minds.
We saw that two years ago as Origi exploded from nothing to fire Liverpool to glory. He grabbed a late winner against Newcastle United, two goals against Barcelona to send Liverpool into the Champions League final and then scored in that one, too.
It was enough to earn him a new contract and Origi suddenly had a bright future at Liverpool. Unfortunately, it faded quite fast.
But we do know that Origi is capable of this. He can suddenly find form to score important goals right when you need them.
The 26-year-old just needs to show he can do it.
And that’s what makes his current injury so hutting. Origi still isn’t back in training and, as the Liverpool Echo remarks, we have to treat him as a long-term absentee.
There are only five games left and it’s looks increasingly unlikely that Origi will feature in any of them. Two years ago he used this period in the season to make history.
But he’s unlikely to get the chance to change minds again this time around.