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Liverpool: Divock Origi could be set for starting berth in Reds’ line-up

Liverpool: Divock Origi could be set for starting berth in Reds’ line-up

Liverpool forward Divock Origi could soon be called upon to start for the Reds as they face a busy fixture schedule over the next month.

Football Insider reported that the 24-year-old Belgian is set to play a key role for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the next few weeks, with Liverpool entering a 22-day period in which they will play seven matches.

According to Football Insider, Origi could be handed a start in the Reds’ Champions League clash away to Genk next Wednesday – potentially sooner if Mohamed Salah is ruled out of the weekend trip to Manchester United after a recent knock.

Origi produced several memorable goals for Liverpool last season, including late winners in league games against Everton and Newcastle, as well as two goals in the Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona and the insurance goal in the final against Tottenham.

However, if he thought those contributions would help him to become a more regular starter this term, he would be sorely mistaken on the evidence of the last two months.

The 24-year-old made only six starts in the Premier League and Champions League last season and has had just three starts in Liverpool’s 13 matches in all competitions so far in 2019/20.

He has made nine appearances in total this term, but his only goal in 287 minutes of action came against Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League season. [via TransferMarkt]

In 2018/19, he was restricted to just 673 minutes of gametime but still plundered seven goals, a strike rate of one every 96.14 minutes that was three times better than his return so far this season.

Origi has been deployed on the left-hand side of attack whenever he has been used in the current campaign, the same position from which Sadio Mane has netted eight times for Liverpool in 892 minutes (one goal every 111.5 minutes).

The Senegal forward has missed just two matches so far this term, with fellow attackers Salah and Roberto Firmino appearing in all but one game. [via TransferMarkt]

While Origi has not been as prolific with the gametime he has been given this season compared to last, he has demonstrated on several occasions over the last few months that he is capable of making a huge impact when called upon by Klopp.

Also, with Liverpool’s main front three barely getting a rest in recent weeks and with such a heavy schedule between now and mid-November, the Belgian should be handed a few starts to give the likes of Mane, Salah and Firmino a well-earned breather – although crunch Premier League games against both Manchester clubs and Tottenham in that time would seem to offer little scope for experimentation.

Liverpool fans, do you think Origi should be given a starting role in some matches over the next few weeks? Have your say by commenting below!

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