12 Apr 2016

Macca insists: Klopp must drop £25m Liverpool star vs. Dortmund and unleash 'excellent' attacker. Agree?

Last week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sprung a major surprise with his decision to play Divock Origi ahead of Reds striker Daniel Sturridge in the Europa League quarter-final against Dortmund. Origi scored a decisive goal in the game, and with both players fit and ready for Thursday's second leg at Anfield, who is more deserving of starting the game?

When asked whether Klopp should ignore Sturridge once again for the visit of BVB, McManaman told BT Sport^:

"Yes, play him [Origi]. If Bender or Hummels play again, he’s far quicker than them. He was excellent against Dortmund".

With three goals in his last two games, Origi is in the midst of a purple-patch of form, and he's certainly made a case for a starting berth on Thursday.

That said, Sturridge also scored at the weekend, and with 4 goal/assists in his last 6 games, he is also in productive form.

Prior to this last week, Origi had contributed just one goal in thirteen appearances, so his current streak is the exception, not the rule. With 66 goals/assists in 84 games, Sturridge is a prolific contributor for Liverpool, and his prolificity is the rule, not the exception.

As such, given a straight choice, I'd personally go with Sturridge. In my view, it's inconceivable to think that Liverpool will go into the biggest game of the season with the club's most prolific (and natural) goalscorer on the bench.

Origi has done well over the last two games; Sturridge has (when fit) proven himself time and time against over the last three years, and if he misses out again on Thursday, he has every right to feel aggrieved.

Of course, there's always the option of playing Origi and Sturridge in the same team, but that will mean benching Firmino and Lallana. I personally see no issue with that. Lallana hasn't scored for seven games now (entering another barren spell, it seems), and Firmino isn't fully match-fit. As such, there's a case to be made of Origi to replace them in the starting line-up.

------- Milner --- Can ---- Allen
--------- Coutino --- Origi
-------------- Sturridge

^ Transcribed whilst watching live interview on BT Sport.

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Author: Jaimie K


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