Lille forward Divock Origi struggled as his loan side were well beaten at Everton in the Europa League.
The game between Everton and Lille last night presented Liverpool fans with a chance to see how new signing Divock Origi performed against their bitter local rivals and the outcome wasn’t so good.
The Belgian forward has been tipped to return to the Reds this January, as Brendan Rodgers looks to revitalise his options up front but he struggled against a very experienced attack, which kept him quiet throughout the game.
Origi’s stock increased during the World Cup, as he impressed for the Belgian senior side and that led to scenes of him sneaking into Anfield for talks with Rodgers ahead of a permanent transfer.
Liverpool shelled out £10 million to snap him up before sending him back on loan to Lille, where he continues to work on developing his game.
He’s been solid for the Ligue One side but the step up from French football to English football is big and one that Origi could struggle with if he does return to the club early.
He’s shown glimpses of his obvious talent but the quality he needs to work on is consistency because he will be forced to deal with pressure he’s never experienced before if he’s inconsistent in the Liverpool attack
Everton found a way of taking him out of the game and keeping him from having any influence off the ball and credit has to go to Roberto Martinez for that because he figured him out tactically having watched him play in the first game.
The trick now for Origi is how he reinvents himself in the face of certain tactical systems because when he plays in the Premier League, he’s going to face different sets of tactics, specifically designed to keep him quiet on a weekly basis.
Here’s what Liverpool fans on Twitter had to say about Origi’s performance last night.
Lakaku plays second fiddle to #ORIGI in the Belgium national team enough said— Marni Maan LFC (@marniLFC) November 6, 2014
Origi looks decent in a poor team to me. Good on the ball and picks a pass well but hasn't been helped by lack of service— LFC devotee (@modaith) November 6, 2014
Origi is just a poor Zaha— Corin+Alt+Del (@CorinxYZ) November 6, 2014
Divock Origi's half was so poor. I wonder how Lille will come out of this. Good play from Everton though— Jones Frank (@Hotjones4real) November 6, 2014
Origi poor so far v efc, v.poor in fact, why is he playing left/right wing? Thought he was the main striker, bad loan if he's playing there— Dave Reardon (@daver1811) November 6, 2014
Lille is such a poor team. If Origi gets more than 15 goals in all competition is he might be the real deal.— Mateo (@Trequartistista) November 6, 2014
Divock Origi - the first Liverpool player never to have played for Liverpool to get booed at Goodison #LFC— Kop Magazine (@TheKopMagazine) November 6, 2014
Defo see the potential in that Origi, he's gunna be a belter in the future him— Liam Peet (@liampeet) November 6, 2014
Origi, future Liverpool player, getting booed at Goodison. Haha. Love that.— Ian (@IanBurgeson) November 6, 2014