8 Apr 2017

Molby raves: 'Exceptional' €31m attacker is a great replacement for Sadio Mane. Agree?

Liverpool legend Jan Molby has hailed one of Liverpool's bit-part players for his impact on the team in recent weeks.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Molby hailed Divock Origi one of the 'big pluses' for Liverpool, and praised the striker for stepping up in the absence of Sadio Mane. He noted:

"Origi made an impact in the Merseyside derby and against Bournemouth. He will have a big part to play between now and the end of the season. He should be fresh, and he’s shown he can stretch defenders and score different types of goals".

The point about being 'fresh' is a good one. With Mane, Lallana, and Henderson possibly out for the rest of the season, Origi is rested enough (throughout the season) to start Liverpool's remaining games, and given his recent form, there's no real excuse to leave him on the bench.

After just one goal/no assists in the 13 games prior to the recent victory over Arsenal, Origi now has 4 goals/assists in his last 5 games, which equates to one every 60 minutes. Clearly, in terms of end product, Origi is currently Liverpool's form attacker, even more so than Coutinho.

Origi recently admitted that his confidence had dropped as a result of being constantly dumped on the bench, and after the Bournemouth game, he insisted that he needs to play regularly maintain his rhythm in front of goal:

"The more I play, the more I can express myself, the more I feel better, and the more I can show myself help the team. Let's hope next time I can score and help the team win."

Earlier this season, Origi scored in five consecutive games. After two goals in two games, can he repeat that feat over the next month...?

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


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