Balotelli v Origi: Who's had the best start to their league campaign?

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Liverpool strikers Mario Balotelli and Divock Origi have had contrasting fortunes since signing for the Reds this summer.

Liverpool signed three strikers this summer, but it is the one not currently at the club who has enjoyed the best start to his league campaign.

While Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have struggled for goals, Divock Origi has played his way into form for loan club Lille, scoring three goals and setting up one in his first six Ligue 1 appearances.

In contrast, Balotelli is yet to get off the mark for Liverpool in the Premier League, despite averaging five shots per match.

Origi has only averaged 1.2 shots per game this season, but his accuracy is considerably better, with a goal every other league appearance as things stand.

  GoalsGoal AssistShots per game Passing AccuracyDribbles per gameTackles per gameInterceptions per gameAppearancesMins Played
Mario Balotelli 0 0 5 74% 1.75 1.25 0.25 4 310
Divock Origi 3 1 1.2 79.4% 1.2 0.7 0.3 6 393

The young Belgian international, who signed for Liverpool for a reported £10million this summer before heading back to his former club for another year, also has a better passing accuracy that his Italian counterpart, with 79.4 per cent compared with Balotelli's 74 per cent.

The Italian has played two fewer games than his future teammate, but his experience is such that he will not want to be shown up by a teenager making his first steps in the game.  But that is what is currently happening, with Origi also making more interceptions per match than Balotelli, although the current Liverpool forward does have a battle average when it comes to tackles won and dribbles per game.

In short, Origi is showing Liverpool what they are missing and while playing in a different division - one he is very much used to - his talent is shining through.

Balotelli on the other hand has a lot of work to do.

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