Divock Origi has returned from his injury just in time for a Liverpool swansong. He may still have a part to play this season.
It appears Divock Origi will leave this summer. The Daily Mail claims that Liverpool ‘expect’ him to, bringing an end to a 7-year story.
And what a story it’s been. Origi spent his first season on loan with Lille in 2014/15 before properly joining Liverpool. He then blossomed under Jurgen Klopp, scoring some important goals over the second half of that season.
Injury halted things, however, and Origi never really rediscovered his promise. Instead, he spent a year on loan with Wolfsburg before becoming an out-and-out squad player for Liverpool.
But despite not being a regular starter by any means, Origi still managed to have an impact that remarkably few players will ever have – at Liverpool or otherwise. His two goals against Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi-final second-leg will go into folklore, as well as his strike to wrap up the final.
Those goals earned him a new contract but it’s been downhill since, in truth. Origi hasn’t offered much at all over the last two seasons, though he did pick up a Premier League winners’ medal.
But Liverpool will want more output from a backup striker, or at least they’d prefer to devote the time to a younger player. Origi is now 26, after all – he’s not going to improve much more.
Thus this shapes up to be his final season with Liverpool. Injury robbed him of a chance to change their minds but he has returned in time for a swansong.
Liverpool almost certainly need maximum points to qualify for the next year’s Champions League. That’s three must-win games, then.
And after returning for a place on the bench against Manchester United on Thursday, we may well see Origi again before the season is out.
High-pressure, must-win games? We’ve been here before and the Belgian should get one last chance to provide another moment to remember him by.