Liverpool will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season when they take on Norwich City in the Carabao Cup third round this evening.
Five wins and one draw in all competitions have marked the beginning of 2021/22 for Jurgen Klopp’s charges and they have an ideal opportunity to keep that good run going.
The Canaries are yet to pick up a single point while on Premier League duties, although they did thrash second-tier side Bournemouth 6-0 in the previous round of the League Cup.
However, the Reds should have far too much for their struggling opponents, meaning Klopp is likely to rotate his relatively thin squad, handing opportunities to some rarely-seen fringe players.
One of those who could benefit from a rare start is Divock Origi. The 26-year-old made his first appearance of the campaign against AC Milan on Wednesday, reminding everyone of just how effective he can be when at the top of his game.
For the 63 minutes that the Belgium international was on the pitch, he pressed relentlessly in an encouraging outing, linked up well with his fellow forwards and provided an excellent assist for Mohamed Salah.
It was another strong display in the Champions League for Origi after he became part of Liverpool folklore after bagging a brace in the same competition against Barcelona in the 2019 semi-final before he scored to seal a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the final.
After the Reds’ latest European victory against Milan at Anfield, Klopp hailed Origi for his standout performance, hailing his ability to play so well after an extended spell on the sidelines.
“Divock Origi… people forget so quickly in life and in football, he’s an outstanding striker,” said the German tactician in his post-match press conference (as relayed by talkSPORT).
“He did really well especially (because) for a long time he didn’t start – it’s just really difficult to get in this team, to be honest, and it makes sometimes life a bit uncomfortable.
“But he’s a great guy and I’m really happy for him that he could play like this tonight. In ten years’ time when we look back, he will be a Liverpool legend. He’s just too young right now to be seen as a Liverpool legend, so he has to play football.
“To be 100 per cent honest, I thought he would maybe leave in the summer. but the football world is a crazy place and obviously, people forgot how good he is,” Klopp concluded.
Therefore, Klopp must unleash the £10.8m-rated Origi against Norwich, allowing him to build on his impressive showing against Milan while giving Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Salah much-needed rests.
Origi has the potential to have a huge impact at Carrow Road this evening, Klopp just needs to provide him with the opportunity to do so.