Liverpool's reported Divock Origi plan is far smarter than it looks

Liverpool plan to keep Divock Origi for next season, according to reports. It’s an idea that’s far smart than it seems.

The Athletic claims that Liverpool plan on having Divock Origi in the squad next season. That can change, should the right offer come in, but they’re not trying to sell him as of now.

£15m to £20m would be the ‘right offer’ but they haven’t had it thus far and they won’t shop Origi around. The plan, as of this moment, is that the Belgian is with Liverpool going forward.

And that’s a strange choice on the surface. Origi didn’t score a single Premier Leauge goal last season. He’s only got seven in the last three league campaigns.

That’s proven frustrating at times, given he’s the only real out-and-out centre-forward at the club. You’d think Liverpool would want to upgrade this summer and move Origi on.

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But when you really look into the numbers, this is a plan that’s far smarter than it looks.

Liverpool plan to use Origi

As we say, Origi only has seven Premier League goals across the last three seasons. That’s a terrible number but it’s only half the story.

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The other half is that Origi has barely played in that time. He played just 368 league minutes in the 18/19 season, 706 in the 19/20 season and then a mere 182 across 20/21.

All in, that’s 1,256 minutes in three seasons – just under 14 games’ worth. So with that in mind, seven goals is actually quite decent.

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Origi never has any momentum whatsoever with his lack of playing time. He’s never ‘in good form’ as you can’t be when you play so little. His confidence just is what it is, rather than built up with games.

So the fact Origi offers a goal every other game is actually very good. It will certainly look that way to Liverpool if they don’t believe the right replacement is available now.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota are all above Origi in the pecking order and that isn’t changing. So as fifth choice, Origi’s numbers are fine.

Give him a few more games next season and there will be goals. As we know with the 25-year-old, they may well be very important goals.

You can’t ask for more from a player who never gets a chance to play himself into form.

We don’t believe Origi is really good enough, especially for a regular role. But if the right replacement truly isn’t around at the moment, keeping Origi does make sense. His numbers back that up, even if it is a small sample size.

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