COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Philippe Coutinho’s long-term injury came as a major blow for Jurgen Klopp but his absence has paved the way for Divock Origi to come through and impress.
The 21-year-old has now scored four goals in his last four games after netting Liverpool’s equaliser during the frustrating 2-2 draw against West Ham.
It wasn’t the result the Reds were after given the weekend victories for Arsenal and Chelsea but Origi’s goal highlighted a positive sign for Klopp.
Origi has been very promising since joining from Lille but he has had to wait patiently for opportunities given the tough competition for a starting role in attack.
Daniel Sturridge was a huge obstacle block last season but Origi has faced even more competition in the 2016-17 campaign as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane have all been hugely impressive.
The Belgian has grasped his chance to shine though and seems to be a natural goalscorer in the centre-forward role for Liverpool.
Sturridge will struggle to regain his place in the side ahead of Origi as a result and it is good news for Liverpool that they can still find regular goals in the side through the Belgian despite Coutinho’s creative absence.
Firmino has been forced to play out wide to accommodate Origi’s inclusion and it seems to have nullified his threat a little but Origi has shown in the past he is capable of playing on the wing so if Klopp did consider a re-shuffle, he has still played his way into contention.
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