“What would anyone’s life be like without Divock Origi?” – the question James Milner posed in his autobiography, and a topic that many Liverpool fans will have also likely pondered recently.
The former Lille man scored some absolutely vital goals last year, such as his brace against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield, and the second goal in the showpiece finale against Tottenham. A last-minute tap-in against Everton, too, was amongst his other huge highlights.
Having said all that, he is still not a regular starter for the Reds. He has been included in the first XI by Jurgen Klopp on just nine occasions so far this campaign, and those appearances have not always been in the centre-forward role – in total this season, he has played 15 games on the left-wing, compared to just the nine times through the middle. It seems the 24-year-old is seen as a back-up by the 52-year-old, and although he is a valuable one as seen by his high-profile goals, it is unlikely to be enough to satisfy him in the long-term.
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Indeed, there aren’t a lack of suitors who would be willing to give him more first-team football. According to WolvesBite, the Midlands outfit are still monitoring his situation, and he is said to still be on their radar this month.
As important as some of his goals have been to Liverpool in recent times, he is unlikely to ever become a regular on Merseyside. The Reds, after all, have Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ahead of him in the two positions in which he has featured so far this campaign – both of whom were nominated for the latest Ballon d’Or. That is some truly heavy competition.
Despite his difficulties in establishing himself as a regular in the first-team, Liverpool and their fans would be worse off if £18m-valued Origi – as per Transfermarkt – were to leave. Whilst not being a starter, the forward is incredibly popular with the supporters, becoming something of a cult hero for his big-time goals.
When he gets on to the pitch, he usually makes an impact – even this season, he scored twice against the Toffees as the Reds romped home 5-2, whilst he also scored a double against Arsenal in the League Cup. To have that kind of player who thrives on the big occasions is like gold dust to any manager.
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The European champions may end up moving him on at some point, but not right now. Given what he has contributed to his team’s success, he deserves to be a part of the side that most likely goes on to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign – they are 14 points clear with a game in hand with just 17 matches still to play. Winning the title would consolidate his place as a true man of the people on Merseyside.
In other news, this Liverpool man could leave the club in January.