Player Focus: Divock Origi’s defence-stretching play key vs. Man City

03.03.2016


Taking Daniel Sturridge‘s place in the Liverpool starting lineup on Wednesday night, Divock Origi was central to the Reds’ 3-0 win over Manchester City.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi in action against Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Sturridge having endured cramp in the latter stages of Sunday’s League Cup final loss to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Jurgen Klopp opted to leave the centre-forward out of his squad for the Reds’ return to the Premier League.

This saw Origi lead the line, as Liverpool dominated the title challengers over 90 frenetic minutes on Merseyside.

Goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino sealed the three points, but in a performance of all-round quality from Klopp’s side, many others stood out.

One such player was Origi, whose defence-stretching play in the centre-forward’s role proved key.

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Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After 120 minutes of action and a crushing defeat at Wembley on Sunday, Klopp made five changes to his Liverpool side, bringing in Origi alongside Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Jon Flanagan.

The German persevered with his 4-2-3-1 setup, however, with Origi supported by a fluid attacking midfield of Lallana, Milner and Firmino, switching roles throughout.

With Emre Can in inspired form at the base of the midfield, and City sluggish from the first whistle, Liverpool were able to dominate.

A high-intensity pressing game saw the Reds snap into 50-50s, harry City’s midfielders off the ball and quickly surge forward into attack.

Liverpool 4-2-3-1 vs. City

While it took 34 minutes for Lallana to break the deadlock, Liverpool’s dominance ensured this was something of a foregone conclusion.

Throwing on two extra strikers in the second half in Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho, Pellegrini pushed desperately for a response from his side, but his efforts proved futile.


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This signalled a marked shift in momentum from Sunday’s cup final, with Liverpool very much the underdog at Wembley; on their own turf, the Reds were able to dominate, and win comfortably.

While the absence of Sturridge seemed like a risk by Klopp ahead of the game, Origi’s performance belied this notion.

 

Divock Origi

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's Divock Origi in action against Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fielded as a No. 9 in a malleable attacking system, Origi was primed with a varied role at the tip of Klopp’s forward line.

Stationing himself between centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, the 20-year-old looked to utilise his pace and power to latch onto high balls behind the City defence, with Jordan Henderson launching direct passes into attack in the opening stages.

4' - Origi run vs. City

Dropping deep when City were in possession, Origi signalled his intentions picking the ball up near the centre circle in the fourth minute, driving towards Pellegrini’s back line.

This saw Origi look to get the ball forward quickly and put Kompany and Otamendi under the pressure, and while he was thwarted on this occasion, it proved a useful tactic.

7' - Origi pressure vs. City

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As Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has highlighted throughout 2015/16, chasing lost causes is a crucial component of a modern centre-forward’s game in a pressing system, and Origi kept the pressure on City’s centre-backs throughout.


14' - Origi running the channels vs. City

53' - Origi creating space vs. City

The ex-Lille man spent the majority of the evening drifting into wide areas, dragging Kompany and Otamendi out of position and opening space for his team-mates.

Lallana, Milner and Firmino’s goals were all aided by the intelligent movement of Origi, with the overlapping, third-man runs of his attacking midfielders leaving the City back line overwhelmed.

34' - Origi creating space vs. City

41' - Origi creating space vs. City 2

57' - Lallana overlap with Origi vs. City

His role in Lallana’s opener was perhaps most characteristic of this approach, with both Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta pulled out of position by his diagonal run into the box.

This left the England international time and space to surge forward and send a low effort beyond Joe Hart.

Origi Touches vs. City

Origi only touched the ball 22 times during his time on the field on Wednesday night, but it was his intelligent movement and work rate that made the difference as Liverpool’s midfield shone.

With Liverpool cruising by the hour mark, Klopp withdrew Origi after 69 minutes, replacing the No. 27 with his compatriot, Christian Benteke.

The tempo had dropped by this point, but with the likes of Joe Allen continuing to employ this dynamic attacking approach, making third-man runs beyond the City defence, the contrast between Origi and Benteke became clear.

78' - Benteke static vs. City

An unused substitute in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat, Benteke was tasked with reclaiming his starting role by Klopp ahead of this Anfield clash, and the £32.5 million looked desperate to impress.

But while he held the ball up well and brought team-mates into the game, his tendency to stay on the shoulder of City’s defence saw Liverpool’s fast-paced attacking play break down.

In 21 minutes on the field, Benteke did little to stake his claim for a starting role on Sunday against Crystal Palace, with Origi having proved his credentials as backup to Sturridge.

 

A Long-Term Role

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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After struggling to impose himself in Sunday’s League Cup final, Kompany will have been disappointed to have failed to shackle Origi as Liverpool dominated City at Anfield.

The City captain is unlikely to have been surprised by how effective his Belgium team-mate proved, however.


Speaking months after Liverpool announced their £10 million deal to sign Origi from Lille in 2014, Kompany described the striker as “a monster.”

“If he continues in this way,” he continued, “in a few years he will be among the five or ten best strikers in the world.”

Standing at 6’1″ and blessed with considerable pace, Origi is well placed to develop into a complete centre-forward, with Klopp’s focus on his development pointing towards a bright future.

At just 20 years old, and producing intelligent performances such as on Wednesday night, Origi is primed for star status at Liverpool.

Against City at Anfield, Origi was selfless, hardworking, measured and hugely effective.

In outshining Benteke once again, he may have convinced Klopp further that he is the right man to provide competition for Sturridge in the Liverpool attack.

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  1. He’s a top player in the making. Holds the ball up really well and as the article points out he’s a huge lad with great pace! Think he’ll be a huge player for us in years to come! his unselfish runs last night went a long way to giving the likes of Firmino, Lallana and Milner the space in which the created havoc! He was more involved in the goals than the majority will have noticed

      • That’s not what I said pal, I’ve no doubt everyone noticed that. I was saying he was more involved in the actual goals than the majority might have noticed. (I said will, edited this to might)

        • Okay, pal. Perhaps the majority did notice he was both excellent and involved in the goals scored. After all, our fellow LFC supporters here are an intelligent bunch and love their football.

          Well done Divock, you played a cracking game lad.

          • It could be he was actually at the match while the majority of us weren’t, so could have picked up on things not readily shown on TV, especially when the camera is on another player. In general I think he was excellent, but I wish there was a tactical “overhead” cam available to see Origi’s angles on his runs.

          • Obviously a young or newish Liverpool fan. Keegan , Dalglish, Rush, Fowler, Owen , for example used to do exactly the same thing, they all had pace, intelligence or movement. Keane was good but not in their class. The way he/ we played the other night was the same way we used to play, its nothing new. Where as now it’s once in a blue moon when them I mentioned played it was a more regular occurance.

          • The former – was not even born when the first 3 were doing their thing, while in single digits for the later two. Keane during his 6 months or so at Liverpool was an anomaly, because as a Spurs player he was absolute class. Him and Berbatov were more than the “individual parts” as a strike duo.

          • Guys the thing is Benteke is actually a good striker. He just doesn’t suit us. We play better with fast strikers just like Origi, Sturridge and Ings have shown.

          • Not just good, he can be great in the right system. His numbers in his few seasons at Villa was no fluke! He just never has and never will suit Liverpool, unfortunately.

    • Completely agree. Honestly I couldn;t see his talent under his predecessor. I couldn’t see Lallana, Allen or Lovren talent either but Klopp is finally playing them in their correct positions –
      Bar Clyne who I actually love at LB compared to the brainless LB we have.

      @JackLusby Could you do an article on the success and ratings of the players under Bodgers vs Klopp with a split on the supposed Transfer Committee buys vs Bodgers Boys? Would be interesting.

      • You could see the talent of Suarez, Flanno, Sturridge, Steven Gerrard in DM, Skrtel(scoring 9 goals), Hendo etc under BR…

        • A – Suarez has always been talented and was scoring – not as much but a lot of bar hits – under Daglish

          B – Gerrard is WORLD CLASS and was always talented and shone even under the dinosaur WOY

          C – Bodgers actually wanted to SELL Hendo to Fulham PLUS 4M – Hendo is at LFC because he chose to fight not because BR saw anything in him

          D – DM – we shipped in 53 goals.. Gerrard failed in that role and given his age and legs he should have never been given that responsibility.

          • Gerrard has never said a bad word about any LFC manager bar Rafa and it wasn’t even that negative. Gerrard praised Woy as England manager and hes basically a living dinosaur..

            BR had good ideas yes. But he lacked conviction and execution. He was all talk.

      • Yeah all the players mentioned have really come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of months. Yeah Clyne was excellent at left back, would be good to see him stay there and Flano at right back for the run in!

  2. He always had the qualities but earlier he has problems with his movement. Always used to make the wrong runs. With time he has sorted that out. He has started his goal scoring career at Liverpool with a perfect hat trick. Expecting big things from him in the future.

  3. I like this lad and I think in a couple of year’s time we will see him playing up front week in and week out! However I really don’t think he’s ready to step up and become someone we fan’s expect to bang in 25/30 goals a season .

    We need to find a real gem like suarez or go out and buy an established cf. We definitely can’t rely on sick note aka (Daniel Sturridge ) who I love by the way ? but I think most Liverpool fan’s would agree that he’s not someone we should be building our team around. .

    I would love to see the same enthusiasm at palace this weekend and not the same team that made Watford look like Barcelona! The last time we had a great result.

    YNWA ??

    • Watford played the offside trap as well as I’ve ever seen a team play it that day.
      And Bobby F is about the worst I’ve ever seen try to negotiate an offside line!!

      Our entire front line/AMs were just appalling that day.

      2nd half we changed how we played and got into their box pretty much at will but didn’t have the quality to actually cause any damage.

    • We can’t build our team around him for sure….Not yet atleast. He still need to learn alot under Klopp’s tutelage.

  4. His development within this season has been massive, if this trend carries on in this time scale he’ll be world class within 4 years.

      • Suarez, Sturridge, Henderson, Flanagan, Sterling, Coutinho, and others all massively improved under his predecessor.

        Having Balotelli, Lambert, and Borini – rather than Sturridge, Firmino, and Origi – last season forced us to play a much more contorted shape that didn’t suit our best players.

        And it is not like an 8-5-6 record is breathtaking. But it is much more hopeful because we have players now that can actually, you know, score from time to time. Not to mention that all of those young players from last season have another year under their belt.

        Plus, Balotelli is nowhere near the training ground.

        • His predecessor is garbage,end of!!you could here it from his comments last night!trying to take credit for last night’s performance!! And he didn’t improve suarez!suarez was destined for greatness! He started the good form from when Rodgers arrived in 2012 under Daglish since Jan!couthino again was a wonderful talent when arrived,rodgers didn’t improve him!in fact he most of the time played him out of position! Coutinho improved under klopp,when klopp arrived in October,under rodgers he was in horrible form!

          • Was he still using his saliva to smack his lips all the time while he talked? I turned off the sound when Bodgers came on. Had enough of his “I, me, my, myself”. Anyway, he really looks like a midget with a big head on TV.

          • That is utter nonsense and, in your heart of hearts, you know it’s nonsense. You’re just so riddled with hate. Coutinho had become a fringe player at Inter and was loaned out to Espanyol. Suarez despite his greatness under King Kenny was very inefficient in front of goal. He credits Rodgers with helping him become the player he was during our great year. Similarly Flanno, Hendo and Sterling all developed into proper players under Rodgers and he got an effective 2nd last year out of Stevie Me.

        • Who wanted Lambert and Borini? I feel sorry for Borini as he wasn’t given a fair chance in my opinion. What about Aspas, Alberto, Sahin, Assaidi, Moses, Ilori, , Markovic?

          Suarez was already a good/great player before Rodgers arrived. Henderson did improve once he was given a chance (Rodgers wanted to sell him) as did Sterling (left LFC under Rodgers) Sturridge played regularly and formed an amazing understanding with Suarez but could mostly be down to the players.

          We all have our own opinion, which is right and just: I didn’t rate Rodgers at all, especially in his final year as it seemed to me that he was trying to fool the fans by calling things outstanding which were the very opposite.

          I am also a massive Klopp fan and wholeheartedly believe that he is the best man to manage LFC and help make us genuine contenders again.

          • Well you’re naive. But you will learn. There’s time. I’m a massive Klopp fan too. If you asked me a year ago who were the top three coaches in world football I would have said Simeone, Klopp and Enrique. Coaches who whether they have had money or not have nevertheless made players individually and teams collectively better.

        • Why do you have to stab Klopp in the back with such words as “And it is not like an 8-5-6 record is breathtaking”?

          Who the F – – K do you think you are? Your Bodgers can’t even get us into any Finals after 3+ years, while Klopp did it in 4 months with the same group of players.

          • Silence. He’s right. You’re wrong. With all last year’s distractions, Rodgers had far more points than this year’s team at the same point. Not to distract from Klopp but just to defend Rodgers from this hateful BS.

          • Hateful BS? Don’t you hate the fact that Bodgers has won nothing despite all his arrogance? Or do you have the same trophy-allergy that he has? The team Bodgers left for Klopp is worse than the one he took over from KK, and that’s after squandering 300 million. The dynamics of the teams in the league is different each season, and Bodgers has had 3 seasons to get to Finals and win trophies. He has achieved nothing.

          • Most of the teams had more last at this point than they do this year. It’s such a season.

          • He is always going on about Bodgers, Honestly I can’t stand the man. Everything out of his mouth was utter BS – just a walking advert for himself.

            You see this is why I BOUGHT MILNER.

            We could obviously see Lallana was a telnted lad – he never got a game like that out of him.

            And my favourite line of the evening –
            We identified Sanchez as being Luis replacement and I had a chat with him but it was clear he wanted to go to Arsnela – THEN bemoans the lack of World Class Talent.

            WHY THE F would ANY WC player want to play under him honestly?! Stevie of course had nice things to say as it was his mate and he let Stevie do what he wanted. But he is an absolute joke.

          • Exactly. Bodgers could not attract any top players because none of them want to ruin their careers under a clueless fool. That’s why we ended up overpaying for bang average players. His big mouth, and big ego is matched only by his mediocrity.

            As for Stevie, Bodgers bought the house from Stevie (which Klopp is renting now). Obviously Stevie is not going to say the truth to hurt Bodgers, not after making money for himself selling that house.

          • SPOT ON.

            I honestly can’t stand him. I wanted to punch my TV when he came one…

            Stevie as great of a player he was also overhyped the wrong people simply due to nationality:
            “Joe Cole can be better than Messi”.. Na mate…
            “Roy Hodgeson is the best manager for the England job”.. I don’t think so

            “I wish I met Rodgers in my prime” – So I could never win an FA Cup or UCL with Rafa?

      • No he didn’t. Praise of Klopp always seems to entail abuse of Rodgets in some fans’ narrow little world. Lots of the players speak very fondly of Rodgers. You should too – sheep.

    • And hopefully Lallana, Henderson, Can, Allen, Ings, Flanagan, etc.

      There are a lot of players that I could see transforming under Klopp’s heavy metal eye.

      • I’m glad you didn’t mention Ibe. I think he could end up being the next wisdom. Step 1 Loaned out. Step 2 Moved on.

        • he’s young and he’s never really played with his head up which is just bizarre for a footballer given he must have been told this time and time again.

          Time and coaching and he’ll improve. How much isn’t clear.

          • I doubt enough to earn himself a place in the team. Next season will be even harder for him with the new arrivals.

          • Yet we already have Firmino, Origi and Lallana already often playing on the left and are being linked with Sane and Gotze…and in January tried to sign another left sided player in Alex Teixeira. Unless Klopp is planning on having a 4th tier team, then I can’t see Ibe being at Liverpool next season and predict he will go out on loan

      • Allen has shown promise but no new contract in sight – I think he will be moved in June – 15 months left on his contract.

  5. Another player that people were too quick to write off. I think the majority of players at the club are hugely underrated simply because they lack that one or two “stardust” players to give us end product. I wouldn’t build my squad around Origi, but he is an excellent person to work as a second striker while he develops. And should Firmino the grafter find his groove, I could easily see a nice harmony to the attack developing.

    I don’t want to see half of the squad sold off. I want to see at least one truly elite attacker this summer (and a GK). With that, I feel confident that the players we have will all regularly see an extra point on their player ratings.

    • I do think we need to trim our squad tbh. Some players have had 2 or 3 seasons to show their ability but for whatever reason havent worked out. Maybe 3 or 4 upgrades would be nice.

    • Yes, yes, the man is back and bringing truth and common sense. I loathe some of the hypocrite on this site. Origi was not long ago getting the same treatment being metted out currently to Big Ben. We should not, as that gimp Rio Ferdinand suggests, ship out half or more of the starting 11. We need to add a few key players to facilitate and enable the clear talent we’ve already got (yes clowns, Lallana can play!). You don’t beat teams like City twice in a year in such a convincing fashion unless you’ve got individual talent and collective team potential. Maybe being across the pond gives you some perspective that some over here too close to the action just don’t have. Keep up the good work brother!

      • we beat citeh because they play so open and don’t protect their back 4 properly. At Wembley they played compact and defensive and it was totally different.

        And we still struggle with the in your face and physical and compact sides and there’s a question of mentality in those situations. It’s real and it’s weak and it’s been cemented into the side under BR because he didn’t know how to build a side.

  6. Quite simply Origi did everything that you want a Striker to do if you do not score in a game, and everything that Benteke has not done enough when he has had the chance.

  7. A very well written piece by Jack Lusby. Like the way he put in the effort to analyze Origi’s game, and movements, and why he can be a future star. Good job!

    • i think the transformation of lovren under klopp has been amazing and only highlights how bad rodgers was defensively

      • He was fine against Leicester – wonder goal and Migs out of position. Other goal was Sakho’s fault and a bad deflection

    • No, he hasn’t. Off topic, ex footballers should not go on Question Time. God I felt for poor Jermaine tonight. Bright kid and rate him as a pundit but my oh my was that awkward.

  8. Excellent write up but given the subject it makes Jack’s life all the more easier. I’m a big fan of Divock….he seems to be growing from strength to strength with every passing match. His CF play is excellently suited to the trio of Firmino, Lallana and Milner. I really don’t wanna get ahead of myself but we look so complete as a team on these rare occasions.

    To Benteke I just wanna say sorry dude…we should have never purchased him and I actually feel a little bad for Aston Villa as well. I think Villa fans are within their rights to have a go at our club on some levels. He really isn’t that bad of a player, he’s just not suited to our style of play is all. Plain and simple. I hope he goes to a club like Brom or maybe some other club that can utilize him properly and give him the minutes and attention he deserves.

    • Yeah, we bought a player we obviously didn’t need and now aren’t using, Villa lost a player they obviously needed and now stand to be relegated in the first season without him

      Not nice for the clubs or player who must be feeling a bit unwanted right now

    • His stock is still way above West Brom. A move out of the country might be best for all parties, as one more bad season and he will be a Brom type player.

      • You’re right he is a pretty good player…I only wonder which club out there in Europe will be willing enough to pay an amount like £22.5mil – £25mil for him and still use him the way he’s meant to be used.

        Reason I mentioned West Brom is because they’re a Premier League club and if they decide to part ways with Saido, they’d likely have the money to buy him.

    • We see this sometimes in a lot of sports mate, a player/sportsman or woman goes through a tough time at the beginning of their career, they either sink or swim. Divock was slated in France and was lacking in confidence when he came to LFC. I think playing under Klopp and his infectious smiling positive personality has brought out the very best in Divock. The same applies to Roberto and Adam and Dejan in particular. Those three are also certainly playing much better under Klopp. It’s refreshing to see, and it speaks volumes about Klopp as a man and a manager. They both like and respect him. I can see all four of the players mentioned going from strength to strength. And wasn’t Flanno’s tackle on Sterling beautiful ;)

    • well that’s BR for you, endless buying and no discernible plan for how the team was going to fit together, then blame the owners at every opportunity.

    • Origi’s hold up play was specifically brilliant against ManC. I won’t say I was surprised because given his build and height, he has everything it takes to do that but he doing it against Kompany was something that did shocked me. He is a brilliant defender having an off-day or shall we say Origi(+ the buzzing three of Lallana, Firmino and Milner) made him look ordinary.

      For Benny, I think the writing’s on the wall already. I also feel for him. For no mistake of his, he wasted a year of his career and his confidence has been shot to tatters.

  9. Really liked when Bobby scored and went to take off his shirt, then had a little chat with himself on remembering that you get carded for it, cool guy.

  10. Sturridge, Origi, Ings and Firmino if need be. Sorted. Would strengthen elsewhere before worrying about striker

  11. Really like this lad. Was included in the worst starting 11 in the French league last season. When he came here he was blasted for his performances and didnt look great. He has worked on his game and is fast becoming a fan favourite. Well played son, work hard take your chances and the sky is the limit.

      • Excellent John, excellent. Much fan love for this dude. We should remember who was supporting Origi back in the Autumn and who was slating him.

        • I think we can all be a little bit impatient when it comes to players. We are LFC and we demand the best. The problem is the PL is unforgiving and there is no time for players to settle.

          • True that. I’m very patient by comparison with most. Very serene and measured. I give players a chance. And give credit were credit is due – Rodgers for example. But back to the subject, I really like Origi.

          • I had all the respect for Rodgers until he blew that money, and had no plan B. You are right though Origi has impressed.

          • Blew all the money?! Think that’s an exaggeration. In terms of guys signed last year, Origi, Can, Lovren and Lallana – guys who all showed what they can do against City. Add to that Markovic who has also showed signs he can play rather well (even showed such signs last year), Moreno who is young and silly but the likes of Madrid maintain an interest (so can’t be all bad), Manquillo who has been good with Marsailles and now wanted by Juve amongst others, Clyne, Firmino and Milner. Big Ben has had his issues but I think can come good (though agree the fee was far too high), Balo was imposed on Rodgers as were others like Sakho and Ilori (the latter who I think just needs time). Borini (who I I rate) was a bad first buy, Allen is a good player (underrated) and unfairly maligned. Alberto and Aspas are doing well back in Spain and should have been given longer. This is without even mentioning Coutinho and Sturridge. Rodgers’ record is not that much worse than many others, particularly given the constraints imposed by the TC and the transfer and wage limitations imposed by FSG. Big mistakes were Balo, overspend on potential in the likes of Markovic, nostalgia spend on Lambert and spending too much on Big Ben (who could still prove us all wrong).

        • And we have Danny Ings coming back at some point as well, the fans took to him very quickly. I like that lad, he worked hard, put in a good shift, the fans appreciate that and he was a good finisher. I’m seeing these guys as our front line next season.

          Studge
          Origi
          Ings
          Firmino

          possibly one new one coming in, what do you reckon John?

          Benteke and Balotelli will be sold.

          • Hard not to agree. Benteke is gone. Good luck to him but not a LFC player by a long shot. As for Ings – he is already a popular player with most fans, i like him. Studge is world class, obviously the fitness is difficult. I see some wingers coming in and a class DM. We are lacking a hardman in that position. A new GK is a must and then we have a team that can compete imo.

          • I reckon Ings will be shopped out in January – to Newcastle or someone else tooling up for a relegation fight. Dudes he had a couple good games! Big Ben did too but that seems to count for nothing.

    • BR wasn’t sure about how to use him, Klopp took him out of the team for a few weeks in the Autumn, worked on his game and he’s looked transformed ever since. Smart coaches we have now!!

  12. This guy has a really really bright future and the potential to be a world-class striker. I hope he keeps developing his game under Klopp, I can see him as being a starter for us in a year or two. Great game against City. YNWA

  13. He’s come a long way in just a few months, hasn’t he. Remember Klopp left him behind to train with the others when they travelled to Kazan? And now it’s painfully obvious: with Benteke there’s simply no fast movement!

  14. The reason we do well against big sides is they also attack and leave lots of space around their box for us to exploit… and our pressing disrupt their own attacking game…
    Against smaller sides, MU included when opponents keep compact defense we struggle: there’s no space to exploit, pressing is not effective as opponents dont play creative football…
    When they press back our creativity suffers…
    Then individual quality is essential… players like Gerrard, Suarez, Studge can unlock tight defenses while the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana find it difficult…
    I guess this is where Klopp should use Benteke more effectively and he needs wingers who can cross to him… Unfortunately atm Origiis not as good as Coutinho, Firmino or Lallana when we have space to attack… And Origi is not effective when it’s tight as he needs to use hid pace to play well…
    He will improve but until then his game time is limited… when forwards cant score it means troubles.

    • Absolutely. More direct teams who keep it tight in defence and bypass the midfield with longer balls when attacking continually pose problems for us.

  15. Got the strength of Benteke plus great movement in leading the line. I saw him first on World Cup 2014. His first goal comes with his first hat-trick. Amazing

  16. a striker with movement. makes such a difference. citeh may not have been on it but the space was opened up by our movement.

    Benteke is a slow learner it seems and will never have some of the necessary movement which is quite incredible really but then its incredible that BR never thought it was necessary to have wide players/wingers and crossing ability.

    Ings will do well with his attitude and movement too and he’s a little more direct than Origi.

    Sturridge wasn’t great at all at Wembley, though space was snuffed out by a deep lying citeh team, yet he didn’t do much in movement other than come deep unlike Origi.
    Sturridge and Firmino also aren’t linking up well at all yet and it concerned me that against Villa he only got 1 goal in an hour. We didn’t seem to beable to connect with him enough even against a very poor team.

    The win against Citeh also suggested that Lallana Firms and Origi are better than when we play Couts and Sturridge. That’s something to think about too.

  17. Everything are ready in Liverpool team… for me.. origi just wait a little bit time to be somebody.. I love his run and he make easy soccer.. Lallana are someone like yoyo.. this time we call him a hero but we 3want wacth him more 2 game..

    in defending line .. lovren is prove he has a class and mr. steady.. that what he must have from 1st day.. now the character of player come in over 20 game.. too late.

    9 game more running and first Liverpool must seat in top 4 at least in 20 more point. That a calculating to CL and must win or draw with Chelsea,MU,Hotsprs and Arsenel,, But don’t drop the point with another bottom team.

  18. Origi,s is the kind of striker that will thrive with Klopp hes willing to run when he does not have the ball and create space for others ,Thats why Benteke will not make it under Klopp hes far too static
    Ings was starting to get a few games under Klopp before is injury as well Rush would have been the perfect striker under Klopp with his work rate

    • Absolutely. But with a problem like the seemingly impassable wall a.k.a ‘Vincent Kompany’ – even Sturridge’s movement at Wembley was a tad suspect.
      Well done Divock for breaking down the wall !

        • I think he is struggling in his mind. His body wants to go full throttle but his mind is stopping him. He was one of the reason why we played so bad on Sunday. He was not pressing and just going through the motions. Origi’s performance at Anfield produced a different performance from LFC because he did everything that Studge didn’t on Sunday.
          He is still a deadly finisher but I think his mind is letting him down

  19. What impressed me more was his strength and hold up play. We all know he is quick and technically very good but his actual strength holding of the City CB was very impressive. Sturridge might be the better finisher but Origi’s movement, pace and willingness to run into space gives us another dimension. He is going to develop into a top class striker and will keep Sturridge on his toes.

  20. He can be our lewandowski. Lewan is known for being an all around center forward and I feel like Origi can do the same. What I would like to see is a 4-2-3-1 with the three being Coutinho, Sturridge(in the 10), Firmino, with origi up top as our number 9. Next year if we want to go faster we can move ings into that role as well. If we can get one more wide man like a bellarabi or reus we could really push for the league with that attacking force. We just need more creativity in our centermids and a stalwart at keeper.

  21. Basically what he did was what we’ve been missing since the departure of our Uruguaian friend. Suarez always dragged the defence away from Studge who then found the goal much easier, I believe with Origi and Studge up front we will start seeing goals going in on a regular basis. Would love to see them both up top to be honest.

  22. Think he played very well. Different style to Daniel. Noticed he likes the ball to his feet more, like in the 3rd goal against city, jogging backward.

  23. Bentecke needs to go in summer just not lpools style too slow excpects others to help him walk ball into net he is another andy carroll pure crap bye bye benny

  24. The next Drogba? I think Origi has all the attributes to become as good a striker as the Ivorian. For Chelsea Drogba was the plan A as well as plan B. He was able to run and pressurize defenders and play the quick passing game and still was able to challenge for high balls and set pieces and fulfill the role of lazy players such as Benteke, Crouch and others.

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