More Key Passes and Take ons: Liverpool loanee Origi outshines Samuel Eto'o in Europa clash


As Everton took on Lille on Thursday evening, Liverpool fans received the opportunity to witness summer signing Divock Origi in action, but how did he perform?

The versatile forward, hailed as a ‘monster’ by Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, came to global prominence with his performances at last summer's World Cup finals. Liverpool later completed the signing of the Belgian international, before allowing him to return to Lille on loan for the 2014-15 campaign.

As the French outfit welcomed their European opponents, Origi received the opportunity to face-off against seasoned pro Samuel Eto'o. A player who has won a multitude of trophies throughout his impressive career, there's no doubt the Belgian youngster would dream of experiencing the same success as the Cameroon international. 

Nonetheless, on this occasion, he outshone the veteran forward. 

  TeamTotal ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesTotal PassPass Accuracy (%)Total CrossTouchesMins
Samuel Eto'o Everton 2 50.00 0 20 75.00 0 40 90
Divock Origi Lille 1 00.00 1 14 64.30 6 42 90

Despite being unable to breach Tim Howard's goal during the forgettable 0-0 draw, the 19-year-old striker was a constant thorn in Everton’s side as he tested Roberto Martinez's back-four on several occasions. 

He impressed with his pace, power and dribbling ability, retaining possession with ease throughout proceedings. He attempted seven take ons in total, with Eto'o only daring five dribbles. Origi tormented the Toffees with direct bursts of speed - similar to those of Reds fan favourite Raheem Sterling.

The youngster proved unable to impact the final scoreline, however, his ability to create opportunities from either flank is worth noting. He fashioned one key pass in this tie, while sourcing six dangerous crosses; two of which found a teammate in the penalty area. Eto'o failed to create a single chance for the Toffees, although he did manage more attempts at goal.

His passing left plenty to be desired - Origi only completed 64% of his passes, compared to Eto'o's 75% - although he showed enough for Liverpool to be left wondering why he isn't gracing Anfield on a regular basis, especially considering the club's current lack of attacking options.

Brendan Rodgers would have loved the youngster available in his armoury against Hull City on Saturday. Despite the club's home advantage, they struggled to break down their resistant Premier League rivals in a match that ended goalless. 

Origi is a raw talent with huge potential, and if he can translate his performances for Lille to the Premier League, under the watchful eye of the club's talented head coach, he'll be a huge hit with the Anfield faithful. 

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