Divock Origi has been hailed by Jamie Carragher for his role within the Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the fomer Liverpool defender even labelled the Belgian a ‘legend’
Jamie Carragher has spoken about his love for Liverpool ‘legend’ Divock Origi as he analysed his role within Jurgen Klopp’s side following his last-minute winner against Wolves on Saturday.
Origi has been at Liverpool since 2014, but has never really established himself as the consistent starter that fans were expecting, and due to the rise of Klopp’s iconic front three, he’s permanently benched.
However, Origi continues to contribute to the team and come up with the goods when it matters most, and it’s hard to highlight anyone in Liverpool’s squad that has scored more important goals at crucial times than the Belgian striker.
Carragher believes that if Origi doesn’t mind used as an impact sub, then there aren’t many better options for that role than the Liverpool forward.
The former Liverpool defender was certainly not an impact sub, and the man from Bootle made 737 appearances for the club in a 17-year career at Anfield, but has spoken about his love for Origi, and his iconic role in Klopp’s side.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “Divock Origi is a legendary figure at Liverpool but it’s not because everyone thinks he’s a great player, it’s because of the great goals he’s scored.
“And whenever Origi starts a game, you go into the ground or you’re watching on TV and you think ‘oh Origi’s starting’, but whenever he comes off the bench, you feel completely different.
“You can see the impact he makes, I mean look at the goals [when coming on as a sub] it’s practically the same [as when starting]. Minutes per goal is the big standout.
“His stats are so much better coming on as a sub. We look at these when we judge a player and you think of teams like Liverpool that have a front three set in stone, or teams that have a striker like Harry Kane, you think, ‘who can I buy that’s going to be happy being a sub, but can still make an impact when he comes on?’
“I was actually thinking, someone like Divock Origi, who’s stats are not great as a starter, he’s never going to trouble the front three in terms of starting, but actually looking at players and judging them from the bench because you know, that’s what you’re buying them for.”
The Belgian then went one better, and came off the bench to score late for Liverpool in the final against Tottenham to wrap up the club’s sixth European Cup.
Origi’s last-gasp winner away at Wolves was just another timely reminder of the value he adds to Klopp’s squad, and it has caused further speculation over his Liverpool future, with his deal set to expire this summer.
It was anticipated that Origi would leave Anfield at the end of his current deal, but Klopp could make a U-turn and offer the Belgian an extended deal, should he continue to be comfortable with his current impact role within the side.