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Divock Origi: The Equivocal Belgian Talent

Early Career and Abilities

  • Started career at Belgian Pro League Club KRC Genk
  • Plays mainly as a Centre Forward
  • Adept at playing as a Left Winger and as a Right Winger
  • Possesses pace, close control and composure
  • With good dribbling skills and having the knack of beating Players especially in a one-on-one situation, thereby helps to create adequate space for himself as well as for his Teammates
  • Uses his height to jump high and his good upper body strength to beat defenders
  • Besides his inability to retain possession, the Belgian International needs to work on his finishing, crossing and positioning
  • Has the affinity for shooting from long distance
  • Turned down an approach from Manchester United Fc
  • Joined the French Ligue 1 Club Lille OSC Youth Team around May 2010

 

Lille OSC Career

  • Made his debut for the French Ligue 1 Club ES Troyes Fc and scored a crucial Goal
  • After several bright performances, it was a just a matter of time that the big Clubs started to take notice of this unique talent
  • Around May 2014, former Belgian National Team Manager Marc Wilmots announced the young Belgian was included as part of the Belgian National Team World Cup 2014 squad
  • Scored his first Senior International Goal for Belgium against Russia to help the Belgian National Team qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup 2014
  • After more impressive performances, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) signed the young Belgian for around £10 Million (approx.) but was immediately loaned back to Lille OSC Club for the 2014-15 Season (as part of the deal)

  

Reds Career (so far)

  • Joined the Reds to provide more attacking options
  • Predominantly utilised as a substitute and Domestic Cup Player
  • Made his debut for the Reds against the hosts Manchester United Fc
  • Scored his first Goal for the Club (a Hattrick) against Southampton Fc in the Capital One Cup 2015-16 Fifth Round
  • Played a crucial role in helping the Reds to eliminate Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League 2015-16 Quarter-finals
  • The arrival of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma in June 2017 and the Egyptian firmly establishing his place as part of the Front 3 (alongside Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino) meant that the Belgian International has fallen down the pecking down
  • Joined German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg on a Season-long loan on the last day of the Summer Transfer Window 2017
  • The young Belgian returned to the Reds, after an underwhelming Season with VfL Wolfsburg
  • Coming on as a substitute against the hosts Everton Fc, scored the winner capitalising on the error from the visitors Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford deep into the injury time (around December 2018)
  • Netted a brace that helped the Reds overcome FC Barcelona in the Champions League 2018-19 Semi Final (2nd Leg)
  • Scored the winning Goal against Tottenham Hotspur Fc that clinched the Champions League 2018-19 Title for the Reds
  • Won the UEFA Super Cup Title and FIFA Club World Cup 2019 Title with the Reds
  • Around July 2019, signed a new long-term contract to extend his stay with the Reds
  • Played a key role in helping the Reds to win the Premier League 2019-20 Title for the Reds
  • After the arrival of Diogo Jota (around September 2020), the Belgian International has fallen further down the pecking order
  • Failed to impress with the limited opportunities presented to him during the 2020-21 Season as he scored just a solitary Goal against Lincoln City Fc in the Carabao Cup 2020-21 Third Round

 

Verdict: The memories of few Origi’s Goal Scoring exploits for the Reds will be fondly remembered (by everyone connected with the Club), in otherwise unceremoniously long career littered with inconsistent and underwhelming performances.

His untimely injuries did not help his cause over the course of his Reds career.

And his underwhelming 2020-21 Season eventually resulted in him not being selected to play for the Belgium National Team in the postponed Euro 2020 Competition.

Regardless, his Reds future will always be shrouded in doubt (despite his Cultlike status at the Club)!

Having recently turned 26 and his talent looking increasingly unlikely to reach its potential with the Reds, Origi will be considered as the “The Equivocal Belgian Talent”.

For the sake of the Player, it is better for the him to be at a Club where his talent can be better utilised and less demanding than the Reds.

 

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