John Aldridge: This Liverpool attacker must start against Leeds
By Will Butcher
John Aldridge wants to see Divock Origi start for Liverpool against Leeds on Tuesday night after hit match-turning weekend display against Sunderland.
Origi came off the bench to find the breakthrough against David Moyes’ struggling side on Saturday, before James Milner scored a penalty in injury time to secure a 2-0 win.
Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, former Liverpool striker Aldridge called on Jurgen Klopp to start Origi as the German boss prepares his side for their EFL Cup quarter final.
“I was thinking the game had 0-0 written all over it,” Aldridge wrote. “It needed someone with some ingenuity to take the bull by the horns, buy a raffle ticket and win the prize.
“Now he’s got his place and I think he needs to play against Leeds. He needs game time, to get 90 minutes. We need him now to start scoring goals for us.”
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Origi has failed to make a Premier League start this season, despite making 10 top flight appearances from the bench for the Merseyside giants.
However, the 21-year-old attacker has started all of Liverpool’s EFL Cup games, scoring against Derby and Burton in the earlier rounds before featuring against Tottenham.
Signed from Lille in 2014 before returning to the Ligue 1 side for a season-long loan during the 2014-15 campaign, Origi will make his 50th appearance for Liverpool if he features against Garry Monk’s Leeds.
With a place at Wembley in the semi finals of the competition at stake, Klopp is expected to hand a number of young stars a chance against the Yorkshire giants.
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