Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Origi axe v Manchester City
By Harvey Byrne
Divock Origi was named on the bench for Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City on Saturday evening – and it has received a mixed reaction from Reds fans.
The 21-year-old striker has started the side’s last six matches, but he was reduced to a place on the bench against Pep Guardiola’s team with Emre Can stepping into the midfield.
Origi has five goals in his last seven appearances for the Merseyside giants, but his last two fixtures have seen him fire blanks.
Some Liverpool fans on social media believe that the side need to start with a natural striker, while others believe the team need more cover in the midfield against a strong time in City.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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Interesting decision to put Can in for Origi.Seems we're making midfield more stable but if Lallana,Firmino & Manè move well we'll be???????? #LFC
— Anfield Anonymous (@AnfieldAnon) December 31, 2016
A strong team but I feel bad for Origi! He's been doing so well for us recently! Deserved a start! Trust klopp tho! #LFC
— Charlotte Webster (@CharWebster7) December 31, 2016
I'm surprised Origi has been dropped, however looking at the team, Klopp's tactics are clear. 'Press the life out of City'. #LFC
— Anton Clarke (@AntonClarke1) December 31, 2016
Interesting that Can starts today but Sturridge and Origi on the bench gives us 2 great options, need to pick up 3 points again #LFC
— Shane Delaney (@Kingshane92) December 31, 2016
#LFC seem a bit defensive playing without Origi and Sturridge
— Samei Huda (@SameiHuda) December 31, 2016
Origi has scored seven goals in 19 fixtures for Liverpool in all competitions this season and has stepped in for the injured Philippe Coutinho well.
However, it would appear that Klopp is opting to go more defensive against a strong Manchester City team, who are currently flying behind in third.
The Reds back line has looked shaky on many occasions this campaign with 21 goals from their 18 fixtures, marking the worst defensive record in the top six.
But, they will be keen to put their woes behind them against a City team who are welcoming the comeback of star forward Sergio Aguero.
In other Liverpool news, here is the confirmed Reds line-up to face City.