Liverpool qualified for the semi-finals of the League Cup with a hard fought 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday night. Jurgen Klopp opted to name a much changed side but a weakened Liverpool team was still enough to break down Gary Monk’s resilient Leeds side.
With the likes of Roberto Firmino rested from the squad, there was an oppurutnity for several fringe players to take central stage and impress. One player who really did that was forward Divock Origi. The young Belgian has struggled for game time under Klopp, partly due to injuries and partly due to having the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Firmino ahead of him. But the 21-year-old’s recent form may see him move further up the rank at the club.
Origi made the breakthrough against Sunderland at the weekend in the Premier League after coming off the bench, and he did it once again against Leeds when it was looking like the game would go to extra time. Origi was rewarded with a start against Leeds and worked hard all game before scoring Liverpool’s 1st goal in the second half.
He has received plenty of praise for his hard working attitude and also his quality dribbling skills on display on Tuesday night. Origi is a well-rounded striker and he showed that tonight, completing 87% of his passes, a very good amount for a forward. He won 1 aerial duel, had 1 shot (which went in) and made 1 key pass. Impressively Origi completed 4 dribbles and was dispossessed just once. It is these dribbling attributes that make him a useful asset on the wing as well as through the middle. He also completed 2 crosses and his attempted 2 long balls both found their target.
Here’s some of the reaction from the fans on Twitter. Is he a better option than Sturridge at this moment in time? That’s what the talk of the town is…
Origi is better than Sturridge lets be honest
— Y/TK (@YOZZA_TK) November 29, 2016
Origi is such a sick dribbler it's unreal 😋
— Adam. (@AdamclarkeLFC) November 29, 2016
Origi is going to be some player in the future, strong, fast and works his bollocks off
— Jordan Dodsworth (@JD4___) November 29, 2016
Honestly Origi is beyond underrated
— Raghav (@Raghav23_) November 29, 2016
Origi is so underrated 🙄
— Jayyy (@jaystorerrr) November 29, 2016
In my opinion, Origi deserves to play more often for Liverpool. He’s more suited to Klopp’s style of play than Sturridge and considering he is 6 years younger, I think the Belgian is certainly the player that has the bigger future under Klopp and at Liverpool. I think that Liverpool and Sturridge should and probably will part ways in the coming months, if not in January then in the following summer. If this happens then it will pave the way for Origi to play more regularly. He’s a young lad at just 21, but he has impressed for club and country already, notching up more than 20 caps for a quality Belgium side. I think he has a big future at the club and under Klopp especially, they look a good match.
Has Origi earned a start in the Premier League at the weekend?