22 Feb 2017

Message to Klopp: 'Exceptional' €31m striker admits that he is desperate to 'play' for Liverpool more often

One of Liverpool's bit-part players has revealed his unhappiness with his lack of regular game time this season.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo today, Origi admitted that it's been a 'season of ups and downs' for him, and insisted that he has the ability to 'help the team' over the final three months of the season. He explained:

"For me, now the most important thing is to play. I want to play. I want to earn that place. I want to make it hard for the manager to leave me out. To do that, you have to show everything in training, and that's my main focus".

Origi had plenty of time to impress Klopp on the recent jolly to La Manga, and he also has this entire week to stake his claim for a starting place against Leicester City. Unfortunately for Origi, though, Roberto Firmino is clearly Klopp's preferred centre-forward, and unless he's injured, there's little chance of the Belgian making the starting lineup.

Additionally, with no cup competition left, Klopp will almost certainly play his strongest team for every league game, and right now, that doesn't include Origi. To be fair, it's not like Origi hasn't the chance to impress; along with Firmino, he has made the more appearances this season (30) than any other Liverpool player. Like several others in the team, though, when it came to the crunch, he disappeared (1 goal in the last 13 apps, a drought that has coincided with Liverpool's poor run)

In my view, Origi's season is basically over, and injuries notwithstanding, he'll probably have to make do with cameo appearances from the bench for the rest of the campaign.

* €31m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described as 'exceptional' by Owen Hargreaves.


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