4 May 2017

Dump Him: Legend urges Klopp to replace Divock Origi with 'unbelievable' £40m goal-machine for Liverpool's next game

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp to make a change up-front the Reds' upcoming Premier League clash with Southampton.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Aldo insisted that Sturridge should start ahead of Divock Origi for Sunday's game at Anfield:

"Sturridge looked more likely to score than Divock Origi [at Watford]. It's okay when you're missing chances but Origi is not even doing that at the moment and that's a worry. Origi is more match-fit but we all know what Sturridge can do".

Sturridge looked sharp during his 10-minute cameo at Watford, and showed great body strength to brush aside several defenders and force Heurelho Gomes into a save in the dying minutes of the game.

If Sturridge - described last week as 'unbelievable' by Slaven Bilic - is allowed to play centrally, his directness, skill, and ability to create goals out of nothing can be a huge asset for Liverpool, but if - like Origi - he's shunted out wide, then he might as well just stay on the bench.

As for Origi - as I've regularly argued, he's simply not consistent or effective enough to be a nailed-on starter for Liverpool. He's a second-tier player, just like Lallana, Can, Lovren, Lucas, and Wijnaldum, and the problem is that Liverpool have too many of these players starting every single game.

None of those aforementioned players would last five minutes as regular starters at the best teams in the world; they'd quickly be relegated to squad player status, and if the club has any genuine desire to win the league/CL, then that's what needs to happen at Liverpool.

* Sturridge: £40m-rated

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