COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Football Insider analyses the three hottest talking points from Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Liverpool can cope without Coutinho
The Brazilian magician limped off with a thigh complaint after just 13 minutes and he was replaced by Adam Lallana. Lallana more than filled his boots as he instantly looked lively and positive in possession when he came on. The 28-year-old carried the ball with intent and drove his side forward in the same way Coutinho does. He also hit the bar with a superb dipping volley, although he did spurn a golden chance in the second period.
Origi is not good enough
It was yet another disappointing night for Divock Origi. The 22-year-old has only scored two goals in his last 18 Premier League appearances and has only provided three assists in that time. He simply does not offer this Reds side enough – his hold up play is decent but he rarely opts for a decisive ball, always picking the easy pass. Despite his size and pace he struggles against defenders he should be blowing away. Jurgen Klopp should look to sell the Belgian this summer and purchase an upgrade.
Can must be given a new contract
Emre Can netted one of the goals of the season and put in another sterling performance in the middle of the park. Since his contract talk delays became public he has upped his game markedly and has been one of the Reds best performers in recent weeks. The 23-year-old has now made 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals, proving his worth as an important first team player. Klopp must offer the German a new contract or risk him being snapped up on the cheap by one of Liverpool’s rivals.
In other Liverpool news, Reds fans reacted as Lallana was left out of the starting XI versus Watford.