Divock Origi is stepping it up in Germany after he was loaned out to Wolfsburg in an attempt to get regular football. That has exactly been the case as the Belgian starlet has made 10 appearances while finding the back of the net 4 times and providing an assist. Jurgen Klopp realized that Origi was surplus to his requirements at Anfield and ensured that the striker got regular football elsewhere. Being just 22, the German had no intentions of letting the youngster leave the club for good.
Origi’s significant contribution came in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Hertha BSC where he bagged a goal and an assist. His performances have caught the eye of many and Wolfsburg themselves are delighted to have the services of the Belgian who are looking to make the move permanent.
The youngster looks sharp and confident as ever evident in his 2.3 shots per goal this season, his highest average so far in his career. He came on as a substitute in an attempt to rescue a point for the Wolves against Schalke 04 and boy did he achieve it.
One would assume that his game will grow in stature as he piles up on his game time. But is that enough to wade his way back into the Liverpool line up? Given that the loan deal is for the entire season, it will be interesting to see Jürgen Klopp’s handing of Origi. Liverpool will be expected to go in for reinforcements this summer and that leaves a huge question mark on Origi’s future. His performances would have to be extremely significant to convince Klopp that he is the man to lead Liverpool’s front line.
Origi came into the limelight in the 2015-16 campaign. His performances in the Europa League and the Premier League made him Klopp’s first choice striker ahead of Daniel Sturridge. He enjoyed a new found confidence and rhythm in front of goal scoring twice against Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-finals clash. But Origi’s great run of form was cut short after he was injured in the Merseyside Derby in which his goal again broke the deadlock. Since then, it has been quite a struggle for the big Belgian to regain that form and confidence.
But the loan move has come at the best time possible for Origi. If he can put a string of performances for the German-based club, it might just interest Jürgen Klopp to rethink his transfer strategy come May. At the moment, the striker’s job is to put his head down and continue in the same way if he aspires to challenge his Liverpool colleagues for a place in Klopp’s main eleven.
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