With 14 goals in the last four matches, it looks as though Liverpool are getting back to their rampant best, picking up three wins in their last four — although that run also contains an embarrassing 4-1 loss — and generally looking more potent. They sit sixth in the league, three points off the top four, and are a single win away from advancing to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
As such, any rumblings that letting their third — and arguably second — choice central striker go out on loan for the season might not have been a good idea have been put on the back burner, for now. Dominic Solanke might not have gotten on the scoresheet in any of his nine appearances, but he hasn’t looked out of place either, and Daniel Sturridge — despite not looking quite as explosively lethal as he did before his three-year injury nightmare — is averaging a goal every 140-odd minutes. As long as Roberto Firmino stays healthy and Mohamed Salah continues scoring, having the backups performing at this level is perfectly acceptable.
In Germany, however, Divock Origi is doing his best to make Jürgen Klopp miss him. With three goals in his last six — all saving a point for his side — the 22-year old is doing about as well as can be expected for a striker playing at Europe’s most drawingest team. Sporting the youngest squad in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg have struggled offensively, creating only 10 shots per game, and with his three scores, the Belgian is top of the club’s scoring charts.
After only two months at the club, though, Origi has done enough to convince management at his current club that he’s a man worth pursuing.
“We will chat about what might be next some time before the summer,” said sporting director Olaf Rebbe. “At 22, Divock’s an extraordinary forward. He’s exhibiting his talent here right now.”
Liverpool fans are quite familiar with just how extraordinary Divock Origi is capable of looking. They are also painfully aware of his inconsistency and his tendency to drift in and out of games, often bookending moments of decisive ability with a long period of inactivity and a propensity for trying to do too much.
These traits are possibly explained by the striker’s young age and limited playing time, and so, the idea behind the loan deal was to see how Origi looks over the course of a full season as a week-in, week-out starter in a top European league. For now, the former Lille attacker has impressed die Wölfe, but not done quite enough to raise eyebrows on Merseyside. Hopefully, he can build on that and force his way back into Klopp’s first team plans, or at the very least, fetch the highest possible price should he move on next summer.