By Dominic Toner
Jan Molby has revealed that Liverpool striker Divock Origi frustrated him when he first moved to Anfield and compared him to former Premier League forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
Molby has admitted that he has seen huge improvements in the 21-year-old recently, but likened him to Adebayor during the beginning of his career and claimed he lacked a serious goal threat.
Adebayor, 32, is a player who divides opinion and has played for the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and most recently Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The striker has a good goalscoring record in England and he scored 62 goals in 142 appearances for Arsenal, but has often been criticised for his laziness and lack of movement off the ball.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Molby claims that Origi has the potential to become a great player and that he no longer reminds of him of Adebayor.
“When Divock Origi first came to Liverpool, all I could think of was Emmanuel Adebayor during his early days at Arsenal,” Molby wrote in the Echo. “He had all the tools, all the physical attributes, and yet he seemed to want to play in every area except the most important one.
“But since Klopp came in, what we’ve seen are rapid improvements in the young man’s game. His movement is improving every week, as evidenced at Boro. We’ve got a serious player on our hands.”
Origi moved to Anfield in 2014 from Lille and spent the following campaign on loan at the French club.
The Belgian international has emerged as an important member in Liverpool’s squad this season and is currently filling in for the injured Philippe Coutinho.
He has now scored in each of his last four Premier League games for the Reds and is thriving in the centre forward position.
Origi has scored seven goals this season across all competitions and the youngster is currently a permanent feature in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
In other Liverpool news, a Sky Sports pundit claims that this 27-year-old will have to quit Anfield.