30 Nov 2015

Better than Origi? Klopp confirms 'outstanding' Academy record-breaker will 'play' for Liverpool 'if' needed

After Daniel Sturridge's latest injury issues, the striker situation at Anfield is once again under the spotlight, and if Christian Benteke picks up another knock, there are few quality options in the squad to fill the void. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp isn't worried, though, and according to the German boss, Liverpool have the strength in depth to deal with any further injury issues.

When asked about Liverpool's striker options, Klopp brushed off suggestions that the team lacks depth up-front. He told reporters:

"It’s not the most difficult situation at this moment with the strikers. We have Christian, Divock, and Roberto. And if they can’t play, we have young lad, for sure, [Jerome] Sinclair from the U21s who can play".

It's great that Klopp seems to be happy with his options, but Origi is not the solution, and proved that when he deputised for both Benteke and Firmino earlier this season.

After watching him extensively in the youth setup, I'd have Sinclair ahead of Origi in a heartbeat.

In my view, he (arguably) has superior game intelligence, awareness, and finishing, which Jamie Carragher described as 'outstanding'.

Sinclair - who holds the record for Liverpool's youngest ever player - also has a touch of arrogance about his game, which suggests self-confidence, which is what every top striker needs.

Over the summer, Sinclair was reportedly 'in dispute with Liverpool over a new contract', and had 'asked to leave the club', but with Klopp now at the helm, he has every chance of achieving increased game-time.

As for Origi: Did Liverpool really need to buy him? The club should've just saved the money and promoted Sinclair - who is only a year younger than the Belgian - to the first-team squad.

Author: Jaimie K


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