Recently, fellow LFC Transfer Room writer @antstonelake argued that Divock Origi’s time at Liverpool is numbered. Conversely, I believe that does not have to be the case – here’s my take on the Belgian’s uncertain future.
Understandably, this argument could be considered reactionary following Origi’s derby day heroics. However, I believe this could be a pivotal turning point in his future career at Liverpool.
Since the iconic derby took place a week ago, the Reds have played twice, with Origi featuring once. Prior to the Everton fixture, Origi had not made an appearance since August 2017, and he had not scored since May the same year.
The Belgian followed up his last minute derby winner by grabbing an assist against Burnley. His creativity set the dynamic for Liverpool’s comeback in the match.
Assisting the equaliser against Burnley highlighted how Origi can still contribute to the team’s success. Over the course of a long season, every little bit can go a long way.
Deciding his own fate
Origi’s future could also be in his own hands, depending on what he thinks is best for his career. I’m not arguing that he could return to being one of the first names on the team sheet… I think we all know, including the player himself, it’s a very unrealistic image.
Because of this, it will be in his own mind whether or not he wants to commit himself to being a squad player. His alternative option is to leave and become a regular starter for a smaller club. Much like Danny Ings’ move to Southampton and Daniel Sturridge’s loan spell with West Brom.
I personally believe that as a squad player, he could be a very valuable asset. He offers something different to both Roberto Firmino and Sturridge. He poses more of a threat aerially and physically despite being less technically gifted.
Not only is he popular for his varied abilities, but he also provides extra depth to the squad. It’s vital that key players rest and rotate for cup games or smaller sides meaning there’s chances for Origi to be used amongst the rotation.
Ramiro Funes Mori’s horror challenge in the 2016 derby looked to put a stop to the promising Belgian’s career. It seemed he’d even lost a yard of pace since the incident. His recovery process has been a long one but with his recent goal and assist, perhaps he can now feature on a regular basis once again.
If he is to depart then at this point it would more than likely be a permanent transfer to become a key player at another club. He could also make way if Klopp decides to recruit another forward next summer.
His long term future at the club is something only Origi can fight for. If he continues to play and contribute to goals then it’ll be an odd choice to sell him. I believe he can continue to make an impact, whether or not this happens though is something we can only find out in time.