Liverpool one, Everton nil. Divock Origi sends the Kop wild in the 96th minute. Following this amazing feat, Origi was handed a start in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley this past Wednesday, here’s LFC Transfer Room’s @antstonelake with his view on Origi’s current situation and where he can go from here.
Origi at Liverpool
After the 2014 World Cup, a young Belgian set the world alight with some impressive performances in Brazil. That Belgian was a 19-year-old Divock Origi.
He was offered a five-year contract with Liverpool after breaking out at football’s biggest competition before returning to Lille on-loan for the season.
Origi followed up his stellar World Cup play with an abysmal Ligue 1 season and was voted part of the “Worst XI” in Ligue 1. This left Liverpool fans anxious to see what Origi would provide for them.
Origi scored 10 goals in his debut season as a Red but the last few years have been a series of ups and downs for the young forward.
The recent resurgence
One of the biggest issues with Liverpool fans is that most tend to be extremely reactionary. It’s led to ridiculous “KloppOut” chants and a call for Roberto Firmino to be axed from the team.
With Origi scoring the derby winner in such fashion against the club’s oldest rival, many fans are expecting him to rejuvenate his career. It’s just not that simple.
The Burnley game was a bit of an awakening for Origi following the ecstasy of the derby.
He managed to assist James Milner’s equaliser but the Belgian didn’t muster any shots on target against the Clarets.
That’s not really acceptable for the striker of a team challenging for the Premier League title.
The injury, the decline
In April 2016, a rash Funes Mori challenge left the Belgian with a broken ankle. Many see this as the point that Origi’s Liverpool career began a turn for the worse. When he returned to action he had clearly lost a step of pace and at least a yard of confidence.
It’s a shame because he even scored in the game against Everton before the unfortunate injury. His appearances for the Reds have been few and far between since then and he’s never been able to take advantage of his chances.
In his last full season as a Red during the 2016-2017 campaign, he only managed to score 11 goals in all competitions, with 43 appearances to his name.
The blossomin career of Roberto Firmino did make it difficult. However, the Brazilian isn’t able to start 65 games a season, so embracing his role as an influential back-up would do wonders for his career.
Divock chose to go out on loan at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season instead of challenging for a spot in the squad. However, his search for regular first-team football was anticlimatic in the end.
He joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and found himself in a similar situation in Germany. He only managed six goals all season.
One of those goals kept Wolfsburg in the German top tier but wasn’t enough to convince Klopp he was ready to replace Firmino in the Liverpool XI.
To the future
Origi’s Liverpool future is in question at the moment. If you focus on one game or the other then your current opinion of Divock will differ greatly.
Whether you think he’s going to fight his way back into the picture or not, Origi has never lived up to the expectations placed on him after the World Cup in Brazil.
Despite his derby heroics, don’t be surprised if he ends up plying his trade in a different league next season.