Liverpool are in a bit of a sticky position in regards to their fearsome front-three.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been nothing short of sensational over the past two seasons as a collective yet recently, if one of them delivers a below-par performance, the Reds have found themselves in a bit of trouble.
Goalless draws against Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Everton in the past five weeks have illustrated that a lack of creativity in Jurgen Klopp’s side is starting to have an impact this season.
Despite Liverpool currently leading the Premier League by two points from Manchester City, fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the coming weeks will need to see them find and then stick to a decisive back-up plan in order to achieve title glory.
No matter what tactics Klopp uses, it must include one player in particular; Divock Origi. Since joining the club for a reported fee of £10m from Lille in 2014 (via the BBC), the Belgian has struggled to make his mark for Liverpool and has been loaned out on two occasions.
After spending the 2017/18 campaign with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, Origi returned to Anfield in the summer yet he had to wait until December to make his first Premier League appearance of the campaign. After being subbed on with just six minutes left to play against arch-rivals Everton, the forward scored a dramatic last-minute winner to show Klopp just what he had been missing. In the following game against Burnley, he made his first start and impressed once again, providing an assist in a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor.
However, since these two fixtures, Origi has been used sporadically by his German manager in a number of different positions which has done little to help with his development as a player. It is clear that the forward possesses great ability and can offer the Reds a different threat than Firmino in a similar way that Gabriel Jesus does to Aguero at City.
Therefore, if he is going to be used as a substitute for the remainder of the campaign, he must come on his natural position as a striker in order for Klopp to get the best out of him. Although Origi’s time at Anfield has been a frustrating one to date, it could still be remembered for all the right reasons if he is given a chance to help his side win their first league title in 29 years in May.
What do you think Liverpool fans? Should Klopp stick by Origi and use him more towards the end of this season? Or is it time to cut ties with the Belgian? Get in touch below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!