18 Nov 2015

'Very Impressed': Sturridge hails 'wonderful' £10m Liverpool star and vows to 'help him improve'

In October, Anfield legend John Aldridge insisted that Divock Origi is 'a million miles away' from being good enough for 'regular first-team football', and given his lack of impact, it's hard to disagree. Reds striker Daniel Sturridge appears to disagree, though, and he's hailed Origi's form over the last few months.

When asked about Origi today, Sturridge told the Liverpool Echo:

"I’ve been very impressed by Divock and it’s been great to see him get some opportunities. It’s important for the likes of myself to help him settle in and improve".

Sturridge is hardly likely to be negative, but after failing to score in 9.5 hours of football, I'm struggling to see what's so impressive about Origi's form.

If Origi was good enough, he'd have made some kind of impact by now. Jamie Carragher said it best recently, when he told Sky Sports:

"I've never bought into the idea that it takes a year for foreign players to settle in. Payet is the perfect example."

The very best players - foreign or British - usually make an immediate impact in the Premier League, and there are countless examples of this...except, of course, when it comes to Liverpool.

The reality is that Origi - who cost Liverpool £10m - has shown nothing over the last year to suggest that he has what it takes to a consistent Premier League goalscorer, but according to ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers:

"He [Origi] can be one of the most exciting talents in world football. He has everything to be world class. By signing him, we'll have a wonderful player. He can light up world football, for sure".

Benteke, Sturridge, and (arguably) Ings will always start ahead of Origi, and Klopp will undoubtedly bring in one or two of his own strikers over the next year. As such, how will Origi get the regular game-time required to 'improve'?

It's already over for Origi at Anfield; he just doesn't know it yet.

Of course, I'll be criticised for being 'negative' about Origi, but if you take all the emotion, tribalism, expectation, and pro-LFC bias out of the equation, it's almost always possible to predict who will crash and burn at Anfield.

I'm rarely wrong when it comes to a player's ability to make it at LFC, and I'll be proven right again in this situation (as I have been with Lallana, Assaidi, Aspas, Alberto, Ilori, Allen, Moses, Lambert, Markovic, Manquillo, and countless others in the past).

To be clear: there's zero special insight involved in this, just a willingness to see the reality (which is often incredibly obvious). Too many fans are obsessed with the idea that players cannot/should not be judged unless they've played at least one or two full seasons.

In my view, that's nonsense.

Author: Jaimie K



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