Divock Origi – Let’s give him some credit

Another goal for Divock Origi sees the Belgian International hit five in five for the Reds in all competitions and six for the season in 16 appearances in all with only 6 of those being starts.

After a horrendous injury at the back end of last season, lots was made of whether the big Belgian could carry on that form into this season or whether it was a blip. So far Origi is keeping up to his end of the bargain.

The Belgian’s Reds career took a while to get going, with many (including me) not having the highest of hopes for him after his first few games under the manager who signed him, Brendan Rodgers. 

You often wondered with Origi, as with any signing under Rodgers, whether the manager actually wanted him or whether he was another one being forced onto the coach.

Origi’s career kicked off with the appointment of Klopp. It’s no surprise either. Klopp’s management of young players is second to none, and you’d be hard pressed to find a Liverpool player who hasn’t improved since the German took over.

Origi went away, beefed up, and announced he was back in style with a hat-trick against Southampton in the league cup. 

In the next coming months Origi would show a few impressive cameos, including the first half of Leicester at home, changing the game at West Brom at home and impressing when entering the fray in the League Cup final.

It took till March for Origi to really force his way into the side, with his willingness to stretch defences with the pace, his willingness to hold the ball up and his eye for a goal putting him above Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order.

Origi forced his way in and impressed, scoring against Aston Villa, Borussia Dortmund home and away, Stoke twice and Everton at home. 

Sadly, Origi was injured in a tackle in the Derby in the Evs moment of the season, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

A new season arrived and after waiting for his turn, Origi is back in the side and back in the goals. 

A huge goal against Sunderland was followed up with another winner against Leeds, with a ultimately meaningless yet brilliant goal against Bournemouth followed up by another important if simple goal against West Ham and another excellent one against Middlesborough.

The Belgian is learning all the time, with his link up play sometimes not as quick as his counterparts, but we have a 21 year old striker who isn’t necessarily first choice who is on his way to 15 goals this season, if given the games. 

His pace terrifies defences, he is brilliant at holding the ball up and he has an eye for a goal. Assuming the link up play develops with him, his potential is endless.

This season Origi has played 458 minutes in the Premier League, he has made 7 key passes, has had 9 take ons has taken 11 shots with a  71% shot accuracy and most importantly scored 4 goals

The future is bright for him, and you have a feeling under Klopp that he wont be the only one.

Written by @JackMitchell_5

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