Liverpool striker must take opportunity to shine in bid for regular first-team spot
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Divock Origi could shape the future of his Liverpool career in the next few months if he takes the opportunity he has been given to shine.
Injuries to Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in recent weeks have paved way for the 21-year-old to step into the frame.
Origi is highly-rated by Jurgen Klopp and he made 29 appearances during Klopp’s first seven months in charge and played in the Europa League final defeat against Seville.
He scored in both legs of the memorable quarter-final victory against Borrusia Dortmund and netted important goals against West Brom and Everton in the Premier League.
Since then, Origi has struggled to get into the starting line-up due to the good form of attacking trio Coutinho, Firmino and Sadio Mane but now has an opportunity to shine.
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Origi started the EFL Cup quarter-final victory against Leeds on Tuesday evening and scored his second goal in four days, after he netted in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
The Belgian has been impressive so far and if he continues his bright form, he may force his way into Klopp’s first-team plans.
Mane’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations in January will make room for another forward and it’s crucial Origi uses this time to show Klopp why he should be the player to fill in.
Liverpool have made a great start to the 2016-17 league campaign and sit just one point behind Chelsea at the top of the table. Origi’s form could well prove crucial in the months ahead.
In other Liverpool news, Origi starred in the Reds’ EFL Cup victory against Leeds.