The Class of 2018/19 is a short series in which, ahead of the new season starting on Friday, The Anfield Talk contributors review the 2018/19 season’s of Liverpool’s squad.
Here is @EmreCanderson, reviewing Divock Origi’s season…
What do you say about Divock Origi?
A Liverpool cult hero. A Champions League winner.
His first season for the Reds was a good one, with him impressing and bagging plenty of goals, establishing himself as the first choice striker whilst Firmino was out injured. He bagged a goal away to Dortmund as he led the line, and notched one against Everton before Funes Mori brought an abrupt end to his season.
It’s safe to say his Liverpool career went downhill from that moment. He spent a season out on loan in the Bundesliga, failing to make any sort of impact for German side Wolfsburg.
He returned to Liverpool and very much continued in the same vein. He popped up with the odd goal but spent the majority of his playing time in an offside position.
Move onto 2018/19. I’m not sure anything really changes. I still think his general play is poor. But what is evident is that he gets the goals.
A late winner against Newcastle to keep fading title hopes alive? That’s Origi.
A brace against Barcelona to pull off the greatest European comeback? That’s Origi.
A late goal to secure the sixth European Cup? That’s Origi.
I think he’s far from the greatest forward to ever grace Liverpool’s teamsheet, but he can definitely play a role. His knack to be in the right position at the right time to grab a goal is something that could be of value to the Reds this season, and Origi could just be an effective plan B for Liverpool.
When the ball hits the net? That’s Origi.