Divock Origi could be on his way out of Liverpool, according to Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher. The 44-year-old retired footballer said in an interview after witnessing the Reds beat Southampton 2-1 in a hard-fought away match on May 17.
“I believe he is leaving”, Carragher said. “He’s the type of guy that is better off coming off the bench than starting a game.
“You’d give him a five-year deal if you watched him coming off the bench and judged him on those appearances and what he does.”
Divock Origi’s contract at Anfield expires in a year and might exit Liverpool in the quest for regular playing time during this summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old joined Liverpool from Lille in 2014, but due to the plethora of skill in the team’s attack, he has struggled to find playing time. He has 41 goals and 18 assists in 175 appearances for the Merseyside club in all competitions. In the 2-1 win over Southampton, Origi came off the bench to replace Harvey Elliot in the 65th minute.
Jurgen Klopp has picked a heavily rotated side to face Southampton at St. Mary’s. Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold did not even make the bench, while Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were injured and did not play. The hosts took an early lead with Nathan Redmond’s deflected strike, but Liverpool equalized in the 27th minute thanks to Takumi Minamino.
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The Reds won all three points thanks to Joel Matip’s lucky header in the second half, bringing them one point closer to table-toppers Manchester City.
The victory ensures that the championship will be determined on the last day. The reigning champions face Aston Villa, while Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Anfield.
Divock Origi has battled for playing time at Anfield throughout his career. The Belgian international, on the other hand, has mastered the skill of stepping up when it matters most.
The former Wolfsburg star has a propensity for scoring in important games and has left his mark on Liverpool’s biggest triumphs in recent years. Jurgen Klopp’s UEFA Champions League title in 2019 was a watershed point in his rule, ushering in the success of the last three years.
The Reds, on the other hand, might not have met their fate if they hadn’t staged one of the greatest comebacks in recent memory against Barcelona. Liverpool came into Anfield with a three-goal deficit to the Blaugrana. With his early opener, Origi had the crowd believing, and he was on hand to convert the game-winning goal.
In the final, he came off the bench to score the game’s second goal and seal the victory over Tottenham Hotspur. He’s also scored a handful of crucial Merseyside derby goals. Origi may not have achieved the legendary status of Mohamed Salah or had the same transforming effect at Liverpool as Virgil van Dijk but has done his bit so far.
What he did have in abundance is a knack for stepping up in the biggest of games and leaving an indelible impression. These performances will ensure that Origi is remembered fondly by future generations of Kopites.