It was another poor performance from both Lille and Origi on Saturday night. It is clear that the Belgian is not ready for an early move to Anfield.
Saturday’s draw against Saint-Etienne was hardly the best preparation for the trip to Liverpool on Thursday night. Lille OSC will now take on Everton in the Europa League with only one win in the last six. Liverpool loanee Divock Origi put in another average performance at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, even missing a second half penalty which would have given his side a chance to snatch all three points.
The penalty miss all but summed up his and his team’s performance. That miss, saved by Stephane Ruffier, was one of his three shots on goal. Another was blocked on the edge of the box, and the third was from way outside the box, going left of the near post.
Playing on the right of a three-man attack, the 19-year-old failed to get into the box on enough occasions to cause the Saint-Etienne defence any problems. Only seven of his 50 touches of the ball came inside the box.
If Origi is going to start causing teams problems and showing why Liverpool made the move for him this summer, he is going to have to start becoming more of a threat in the areas that count, not floundering outside the box, looking for long range shots.
Liverpool’s attack may also be lacking any invention and cutting edge, but at this stage of the season, Origi looks the least likely player to be able to improve Brendan Rodgers side. The Belgian youngster needs to start performing consistently for the French side before any thoughts towards his move to Anfield.
Lille were dealt another blow on Saturday, with 18-year-old playmaker Rony Lopes, on loan from Manchester City, had to come off with a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury. He will miss the game against Everton, and with it goes Lille’s creative spark from the midfield.
All this does is put more pressure on Origi’s young shoulders. Thursday night will be a huge test for the World Cup star and it is a huge chance for him to shine in front of on looking Premier League fans as well as to adhere himself to the Liverpool faithful with a goal against Everton.