Liverpool news: Pundit issues 'massive' Divock Origi claim after update
Divock Origi has never been good enough to hold down a starting berth at Liverpool despite his “massive” impact as a backup.
That is according to former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who was speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the 27-year-old’s summer exit draws closer.
According to Calciomercato (25 April), Origi will finalise his free transfer to Italian giants AC Milan this week – and is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Rossoneri.
The Belgian scored the latest in a series of high-profile goals on Sunday (24 April), doubling the Reds’ advantage in a 2-0 derby win over Everton.
As quoted post-match by the Daily Mail, manager Jurgen Klopp branded Origi a “legend” and a “world-class striker”.
McLeish insisted his experiences will stand him in good stead when he makes the move to Milan.
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“I’m sure if he was as good as the other forwards Liverpool have, he would have played more games,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“But he’s come in and scored these massive goals, and Klopp really admires him.
“I think he’s happy to be at Liverpool even if he’s not playing – such is the size of the club.
“Origi has seemed to be very happy to play that role, and it’s manna from heaven for Liverpool to have a sub who is always capable of scoring against Everton.
“He’ll be better off when he steps into a first-team role having had the experience at a club like Liverpool.”
Origi has scored six goals in nine appearances against Everton – with only Steven Gerrard (nine) scoring more in the Premier League era.
The Belgian has 41 goals in 174 Liverpool appearances.