Just in case you haven’t heard the news (where have you been if this is the case?) Luis Suarez’s Liverpool future is once again up in the air. The Uruguayan made headlines for the second successive World Cup for all the wrong reasons as he sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the nations’ Group D clash – the third time he has performed such an act since November 2010. That’s right, just over three years.
Liverpool are currently holding crisis talks regarding the future of their controversial star, and a worst case scenario could well see Suarez ushered out of the Anfield exit door.
But with the 27-year-old having smashed 31 Premier League goals last season, selling him would mean that a replacement would have to be brought in if there is to be any chance of repeating their title charge of 2013/14.
There are numerous names out in the ether, and one is Belgian starlet Divock Origi. The Belgian forward netted a vital goal for his country at the World Cup over the weekend, and has since been linked with English teams. Not much is known about the Lille man, but here are six reasons he would be a good replacement for Suarez…
At just 19-years-of age, Origi’s best times are clearly ahead of him.
But despite this he is present at the World Cup for one of the more fancied nations and has already netted one of the tournament’s more vital goals.
Young players seem to be valued higher than ever in modern football, making Origi a treasured commodity and one that Liverpool could benefit from having in their ranks. Chances are he will get better, which means that the Reds could well have a world beater on their hands in a few years’ time.
From out of nowhere Belgium have produced a batch of players who actually deserve the tag ‘golden generation’. Prior to this World Cup the country had not made an appearance in the biggest footballing competition on the planet since 2002, but with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas having broken through as attacking talents, and Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and with Axel Witsel around to add defensive steal, Belgium really are producing some of the best players around.
Origi is already being tipped to push on with Thorgan Hazard to become a part of the wealth of talent on show, illustrating just how bright things are for the Red Devils.
A vital characteristic for any forward is the ability to put the ball in the back of the net. In fact it’s a fundamental, and Origi has displayed that he knows just what he’s doing. Although 18 of his 30 outings for Lille last term were from the bench, the teenager still managed to put the ball in the net on five occasions for the lowest scoring team in Ligue 1’s top eight.
Without Suarez at the start of the season, Liverpool were reliant of Daniel Sturridge. During the back end of 2012/13 – when the Uruguayan was serving one of his numerous bans – the England international shone, and he carried that form into the start of last season with three goals in three successive 1-0 wins for the Reds. With Sturridge up front alone Liverpool also appeared to be more balanced – as was shown by their clean sheet record – hinting that Brendan Rodgers’ men may be a little more reliable without ‘El Pistolero’.
Should Origi be signed he would give the Merseysiders an alternative option from the bench, and would be more willing than some established names to play a back-up role.
Although not much is known about Origi, he is considered to be a grounded and responsible young footballer. There have been few incidents to speak of in his fledgling career, and only one yellow card in 30 Ligue 1 outings last term suggests that he does not get too carried away on the field of play.
“As a little boy I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League.” If ever there was definitive proof that the Origi would be open to joining Liverpool, there it is.
The teenager is also wanted by Tottenham, but the lure of Champions League action at Anfield could be a deciding factor if both clubs move for his signature.