Divock Origi is a player I firmly believe has both the talent and potential to become a great Liverpool player and with Daniel Sturridge not producing what we know he can, should he be given a chance as the first team striker?
Divock Okoth Origi was born on 18th April 1995 in the coastal city of Ostend in Belgium. He first began his professional footballing career at Genk’s youth academy in 2001 and was there until 2010 as he made the switch at the tender age of 15 to sign for LOSC Lille the team who had just won the Ligue 1 title, a team who is known for producing and nurturing young talents such as Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Yohan Cabaye & Lucas Digne. He made his first senior appearance for the club on 7th February 2013 as a substitute replacing Ronny Rodelin in the 69th minute and he marked it with a goal to bring Lille from 1-0 down against Troyes. He went on to make 40 appearances for Lille over 2 years but managed only 6 goals in total.
On 29th July 2014 Liverpool announced they had signed Divock Origi for £10 million with the Belgian striker signing a five year contract with the club but he was immediately loaned back to Lille for the 2014-15 season. In that season long loan he managed to secure 33 appearances but only managed 8 goals for the French side.
Enough information about the man himself, let’s actually talk about why I believe he should be one of the names that’s on the team sheet every week. First of, his technical ability is superb and when he runs at players he uses his pace and ball control to make the defenders look silly. It’s no wonder his old strike partner at Lille called him ‘baby Kluivert’. His ability to also be able to stretch out wide and take players on from a different angle makes what he can do even more better.
When he’s given the ball he can run with it, he also makes great runs in behind which we’ve seen before especially for his goal in the Dortmund game at Anfield in the Europa League last season. Most people would have only seen Origi on YouTube compilations of his ‘skills and goals’ but when you actually analyse how he plays, he’s one of Liverpool’s hottest prospects and with Origi only being 21, he still has plenty more time to grow.
Everytime he has played or come on as a substitute his lightning pace and pure ambition and drive when on the ball and without makes him a valuable asset to the club. His finishing is superb when given the right opportunity to put the ball into the back of the net and with players like Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino & Adam Lallana in the team who are all sensational passers of the ball, i’m sure he’d rack up the goals if given the chance. His heading ability is not to go unnoticed as three of his ten goals last season were headers and very good headers at that.
There is also the factor that Jürgen Klopp likes to play Firmino as a centre forward which of course has been working as of late and I am not taking anything away from Firmino as he has been one of the clubs best players this season but i just feel like Origi is not being given the chance he deserves in the starting 11. We all know what he’s capable of when you look at the 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in the FA cup last season and both of his performances against Dortmund in the Europa League Quarter finals. For a player of his age to score a hat-trick against Southampton and a goal in each leg of the Europa League semi final against a very good Dortmund side he must be something special to be able to handle so much pressure and keep a cool head in such big games.
The reason I think he should replace Sturridge is because he really is out of form and it seems like Jürgen Klopp doesn’t really fancy him at the moment and he has every right not to. We all know what Sturridge is capable of but it seems like recently he just can’t be bothered. This is why I think Origi should be given a more secure place in the team ahead of him as it wouldn’t hurt to put him in considering how well the team is playing now.
I am a firm believer in giving players chances to prove themselves and i think if Klopp gives Origi the chance then he could really become a special talent in this young team and go on to win Liverpool many titles as their number one striker, at least I hope he can.
Written by @J_Snell14