15 Apr 2016

Man Utd flop raves: 'Brilliant' £10m attacker was 'Liverpool's best player' vs. Dortmund. Agree?

Who was Liverpool's man-of-the-match against Dortmund? The official LFC website named Dejan Lovren as the game's best player (based on a fan poll), but according to ex-Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, Divock Origi deserved the accolade once again.

After the first leg in Dortmund, Hargreaves named 'exceptional' Origi as the 'best player on the day', and after Thursday's stunning victory at Anfield, Hargreaves raved:

"Origi was Liverpool’s best player on the night, and after he scored that goal, it was game on as it gave everyone a bit of belief. Over the two legs he was brilliant".

Origi delivered another solid performance, the highlight which was (IMO) his increasingly impressive hold-up play.

When playing one up-front, it's vital that the ball sticks to the striker, especially in tight spaces, and in that respect, Origi did a great job.

As for Liverpool's 'Man of the Match': If the team concedes three goals at home then I don't see how a defender is eligible for the award.

Lovren is a much-improved player this season, but Reus et al carved open the Reds' defence far too easily.

My vote goes to James Milner, who chipped in with another two assists, and - atrocious corners notwithstanding - put in another tireless, productive performance. That's 19 goals/assists for Milner now (which is already a creditable return), and with 8 or 9 games still to go, he could end the year with 25+.

As for Origi: He's had a good seven days, but when he's delivered the goods consistently for seven months, then I'll think about drinking the Kool-Aid. Until then, he still has a long way to go, and one good week doesn't make him the next Thierry Henry.

Author: Jaimie K


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