For a while last night Liverpool were looking up at second spot with results around them going their way as they led Bournemouth at Anfield, but a late Joshua King equaliser and Spurs’ turnaround at Swansea means that Arsenal down in fifth are, perhaps, more of a concern for Jurgen Klopp right now.
10 games, 31 goals…
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 5, 2017
A point against the Cherries was by no means a disaster given Manchester United and Manchester City’s results, but with the Gunners winning, they are now only six points above the perennial-top-four-finishing Londoners, who have two games in hand on them. Add into the mix the fact Sadio Mane may well miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, and it’s easy to see why Klopp could have some concerns.
Alas, even though it was another missed opportunity at home to a middling side, Divock Origi’s performance was a ray of light for the German. The 21-year-old striker was slotted into the front three in place of the aforementioned Senegalese star and put in an intriguing display…
A different type of player to Mane, Origi offered Klopp’s team more presence in the final third, with his power and pace presenting an outlet. Although unable to fully slot into the fluid play that has been the hallmark of Liverpool’s attack, he managed a joint on-pitch high of five dribbles across the 90 minutes and won four aerial duels, illustrating his No.9 abilities. He also had three shots at goal, including a header which hit the back of Artur Boruc’s net, and was involved in the general play frequently with 52 touches.
Klopp will need goals from somewhere over the remaining seven game of the season, and with Origi having taken his season tally to ten last night, the Belgian may be the answer.