30 Oct 2015

Aldo blasts: 'Wonderful' £10m star isn't good enough for Liverpool's 'first team'. Agree?

Is Divock Origi capable of becoming a regular goalscorer at Liverpool? Christian Benteke seems to think so, and in an interview earlier today, the £32m striker waxed lyrical about his international team-mates abilities, and tipped him to come good in the future. Anfield legend John Aldridge disagrees, though, and he's written off Origi's chances of making an impact this season.

Speaking to the official Liverpool FC website, Benteke insisted that Origi just needs time to settle-in, and enthused about his ability:

“I like Divock and I like this type of player. He has great quality, I think everyone knows it in the team and now he just has to show it on the pitch.”

In his column for Sunday World this week, Aldo claimed that Origi is nowhere near ready to make the difference for Liverpool:

"Fourth choice striker Divock Origi is a million miles away from being ready to play regular first team football. I am not convinced that Origi will score consistently at this stage of his development".

With no goals in 9 hours of football, it's hard to disagree with Aldo's assessment here.

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".

For both Lille and Liverpool, Origi has flattered to deceive, but Klopp clearly feels he can get something extra out of him. Indeed, in a recent press conference, Klopp told reporters:

“I wanted to sign him [Origi] at Dortmund but Liverpool bought him. He is a very good player. He is young, very fast, a good technician. We will have fun with this player, for sure.”

The reality is that Origi is only playing due to injuries, and if Benteke and Sturridge somehow contrive to remain fit, he'll immediately become a perennial benchwarmer.

Unless, of course, Origi suddenly becomes a goal-machine, and makes himself undroppable, but based on the evidence so far, there's little chance of that happening any time soon.

Author: Jaimie K


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