Divock Origi could save Liverpool from a January headache. He’s got six weeks to do it, in fact.
The Africa Cup of Nations looms large on Liverpool. Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will all play at the tournament, taking them away from Anfield in January.
They’ll certainly miss a couple of games but the real outlook is unclear. The trio could potentially miss quite a lot of time, depending on how far they go and when nations call up players.
Now, Liverpool can cover for Keita. He’s not a ‘best XI’ player anyway and there are plenty of midfielders at the club. But Mane and Salah are much bigger problems.
The two of them are Liverpool’s top scorers and the Reds are particularly reliant on Salah. With them gone, the team only really has Diogo Jota as a consistent backup on the wing.
Perhaps that can change, though. The January transfer window opens in six weeks and, per Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool are looking at wingers.
So with that in mind, Divock Origi could seriously help with Liverpool’s January headache.
Divock Origi can save Liverpool’s January
Origi has saved Liverpool before, of course. We know he can step up and keep the team competitive, even with star forwards missing.
We just don’t see it very often, largely because Liverpool don’t use Origi unless they have to. But they will have to in the coming weeks.
Roberto Firmino is out for some time and that provides Origi with opportunities. We won’t expect him to start every week but he’s undoubtedly Jurgen Klopp’s best backup option right now.
So perhaps he can perform well enough to ease that January pressure. If Origi does get some goals – and we know he’s capable – Liverpool won’t force themselves to sign someone this winter.
It’s not an easy market to sign in and while we’re sure they’ll look regardless, it would be nice if Liverpool didn’t need to sign someone. That usually leads to subpar signings with teams playing the Reds’ desperation against them, as it did last winter.
Origi has six weeks to show he can help cover Mane and Salah’s absence, then. He can make things look a lot more comfortable with a couple of goals and allow Liverpool to prioritise the right signing in January.