Liverpool secured their place in the Carabao Cup fourth round after comfortably seeing off fellow Premier League outfit Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.
It was an impressive performance from Jurgen Klopp’s much-changed charges, with youngsters Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley making their debuts from the start while Tyler Morton did so as a half-time substitute.
But it was one of the Reds’ more senior figures who was the real star of the show. Less than a week after his first appearance of the season caught the eye against AC Milan, Divock Origi once again reminded everyone of the talent he possesses.
The 26-year-old striker provided an assist against the Italian giants in the Champions League, and it only took him four minutes to do the same against the Canaries, knocking the ball down from a corner into the path of a grateful Takumi Minamino.
And just after the interval, Origi’s night got even better. The Belgium international showed his effectiveness in the box, expertly guiding a Konstantinos Tsimikas cross into the far corner of the Norwich net to put Liverpool firmly in control of the tie.
Minamino wrapped up an easy night’s work for the 19-time English champions late on with his second goal of the game, but it was his strike partner Origi who put in the most satisfying display.
As per SofaScore, the former Lille forward received a match rating of 8.2 out of 10, highlighting his key contributions to Liverpool’s success. Origi also provided two key passes for his teammates throughout the 90 minutes, had a passing accuracy of 83% and only lost possession on four occasions.
What’s perhaps more remarkable is that he proved to be one of the most dangerous players on the pitch despite only having 22 touches, 16 fewer than goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
Origi’s one-touch assist and first-time finish are a testament to his intelligence and technique, allowing him to be so productive even though he wasn’t involved in the game as much as he perhaps would’ve liked.
With a long season ahead, Origi’s early-season form will be a huge bonus to Klopp as he attempts to fight on multiple fronts, allowing him to rest the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane without fearing a huge drop-off in performance.