There were some thoroughly impressive performances from some of Liverpool’s more rotational options during their win last night in the FA Cup fifth round at home to Norwich, including Takumi Minamino who netted two goals and was a “was a constant threat” according to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Meanwhile, veteran utility player James Milner also had a solid game, as he slotted into the right-back position and not only won 7/11 of his duels, but also delivered three brilliant crosses which Trent Alexander Arnold would have been proud of, on his way to a 7.4 match rating.
However, it was a difficult game for Belgian striker Divock Origi, who has received some big praise this season for his willingness to contribute to the team whenever called upon by his manager – who called him “a monster” in December.
The 26-year-old is reportedly “certain to leave when his contract expires” at the end of this season, and so the Norwich game presented itself as one of, if not, his last chances to start a game at Anfield and not just make an impression on potential suitors, but also make a couple of last memories in front of the Kop.
Unfortunately for him, it didn’t go to plan, as despite the victory, it was an uncomfortable final 20 minutes after the Canaries pulled one back, and Sadio Mane replaced him late on after he failed to make any kind of positive impact in the game.
Remarkably, Origi had twice as fewer touches (22) than Alisson in goal for the Reds (46) and despite playing 55 more minutes than youngster Tyler Morton who appeared off the bench, he managed just one more than the 19-year-old. Furthermore, he could only complete nine passes during his time on the field.
Journalist Ian Doyle, writing for the Liverpool Echo, said that Origi was “barely involved” but did give him a match rating of 6 – perhaps due to the striker’s work ethic as he says that the Belgian “kept plugging away” in the second half before being subbed.
Despite the poor performance, Liverpool will definitely miss him next campaign – should he leave at the end of his deal having been a player for the Merseyside club for eight years, after signing from Lille back in 2014 for £11m, due to not only the iconic Champions League goals he scored a few seasons ago, but his impressive goalscoring record this campaign, netting one Premier League goal every 38 minutes of game-time.