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Divock Origi absence against West Brom was telling - RTK View

As the clock ticked on and Liverpool chased a winner against West Brom to keep their top-four hopes alive, Divock Origi remained seated on The Hawthorns bench.

As with every game for the last number of weeks, the Reds simply had to win. If they did not get three points, their hopes of playing Champions League football next season would have been all but gone.

Despite dominating for most of the game, Liverpool could not find a way past Sam Johnstone for a second time.

That was of course until Alisson Becker ventured up for a 94th-minute corner and glanced a header into the back of the net.

But before the unbelievable winner, Jurgen Klopp had played all of his cards.

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With his squad devastated by injury, Klopp chose to use just two substitutes to try and win the game. These were Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum.

The fact that he did not use his third sub was a telltale sign. He did not back anybody left on the bench to make a difference.

Not even the one-time ultimate super sub.

Origi will surely leave this summer

There was a time not so long ago that Origi was the first man that Klopp turned to when his side needed a goal.

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Who can forget the 2018/19 season, when Origi scored late winners against Everton and Newcastle, as well as his lead-extender off the bench in the Champions League final.

He was Liverpool’s hero numerous times in one of their best season’s ever.

He started 2019/20 in good fashion too. But as the season went on, he played less and less frequently.

This season has seen him play even less. Origi only has 186 Premier League minutes so far, with just two games remaining.

Unfortunately, it does not look like he will get the swansong that he deserves.

The fact that he was not thrown on with a few minutes to go against West Brom proves that he just is not trusted anymore.

Liverpool had absolutely nothing to lose. Yet they still did not bring on a player with a proven track record for scoring big goals.

The Belgian, who earns £60,000 per week (per Sportrac) will always be remembered as a Liverpool legend. If it wasn’t for him, the Reds would not be seen as one of Europe’s best clubs today.

Yet it seems obvious that he will be moved on this summer. It is probably best for all parties at this stage.

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