Liverpool striker Origi opens account for season but needs to show more

Lille and Origi played their second game of the season. The striker improved, but got very lucky with his opening goal of the campaign.

After a tough start to the season against Metz, Lille were expecting a reaction from the team as they travelled to Le Mans to take on another newly promoted side, SM Caen. They didn’t get the reaction they would have wanted, but they did win the game 1-0.

The only goal of the game was scored by Liverpool forward Divock Origi, it is his and Lille’s first goal of the league season, but it wasn’t the best performance by the team or the player.

Unlike the first game of the season, in which Origi played the game as a passenger, he did play a more active role against Caen. Rene Girard played the same formation, 4-3-3, but with former Chelsea striker, Salomon Kalou, back in the line-up, Origi played to the left of the striker and instantly looked a lot more comfortable.

He was certainly more involved in Lille’s attacking play, he had more touches than he did against Metz and was able to get more involved in the game.

On a couple of occasions in the first-half Origi was able to get the ball in to feet and turn. He would attack the defence at pace and once or twice he was close to breaking through the stubborn Caen back-line.

Once again Origi’s decision making has to come into question. He is so talented at getting back defenders with his control, power and pace, but then he has to decide what to do in the final third. The decision to pass or go himself often lets him down and the chances are lost. This was evident again on Friday night.

At 19 this will come with experience, but you would still like to see elements of improvement. The striker has asked Girard to give him more responsibility, and over the last two weeks you would worry about Lille’s season if he was to become the number one striker if or when Kalou moves on.

Origi did score Lille’s winning goal, but it came from a very controversial decision from referee Sebastien Desiage. Origi was set to pounce onto a cross from the left, with the Belgian set to strike, defender Dennis Appiah made an amazing last-ditch tackle and cleared the danger, but the referee saw it differently

Desiage pointed to the spot, awarded Lille a penalty and showed the defender a red card. It was a shocking decision, every replay showed a great tackle, but the referee’s angle must have concealed Appiah’s excellent play.

With 20 minutes left, Origi stepped up and tucked away the spot-kick. He scored five goals last season and he is off the mark again this season. Lille and Liverpool will be targeting double figures for the striker this season. Lille and Origi will have to play a lot better if he wants to achieve that level this season.

Next up Lille have the first-leg of their match against FC Porto, then on Saturday they have another home game against FC Lorient.

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