Jurgen Klopp will soon lose a vital tactic at Liverpool. It’s something that should force the Reds into the transfer market.
Jurgen Klopp changed the game for Liverpool against Everton yesterday. As things were standing still, he threw on both Divock Origi and Luis Diaz to win the points.
Origi contributed to the buildup as Andy Robertson scored the first, then got the second himself – from a Luis Diaz attempt at goal. It was fantastic, decisive management. It’s also easy to look at it as Klopp knowing which players would affect the game – this was more than that.
Klopp made sure Liverpool kept their width with Diaz, a player who always had the right fight for this one. But in Origi, the boss gave his side something new. The Belgian would operate as a physical threat in the box, drawing defenders towards him and waiting to poach goals.
Liverpool lack a player like that, other than Origi. He’s an out-and-out striker who brings a different dimension to a game. He’s also, in the words of Robertson, simply a ‘fantastic’ player.
But what Origi brings in being different is a vital tactic for Klopp and one he turns to when Liverpool’s preferred tactics aren’t working. He did the same thing against Wolves earlier this season, after all, to earn another win.
And with that, there’s an obvious problem coming at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp to lose his Divock Origi tactic
Per TuttoMercatoWeb – or virtually any outlet out of Italy – Origi will soon leave Liverpool. His contract expires and the competition at Anfield means he likely won’t get a new one.
His departure, though, risks leaving Liverpool very one-dimensional up top. It’s a fantastic dimension that wins 90% of games, of course, but it’s still one-dimensional. If Klopp wants to turn to this tactic again, he’ll need to sign someone.
Dipping into the transfer market and finding a physical, out-and-out striker is the only way, after all. No one at the club can play that specific role and we think it’s one the boss will miss.
Perhaps it takes lacing the tactic next season to see that but whether it’s 2022 or 2023, we expect to see some sort of Origi replacement.