The reason why Liverpool's Divock Origi got booed on Thursday

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After another poor performance, the Lille fans let Divock Origi know they were not happy.

It finally happened last night. When Divock Origi could only watch as Diego Benaglio saved his 76th minute penalty, the striker on loan from Liverpool was roundly booed by sections of the Lille support.

The score was 2-0 at the time, and it would have merely offered Les Dogues a lifeline, but for some of the home fans, mostly in the densely populated Tribune Nord, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

If Origi starts against Toulouse on Sunday and doesn't score within the first three minutes he will have gone 700 minutes without a league goal.

In all competitions, 926 minutes have passed since Origi found the back of the net, that was a penalty against Wolfsburg in the first game, but even if he had tucked away the spot kick last night, it was only a matter of time until the home fans aired their opinion.

This is not to say Origi deserves it, but it has been brewing beneath the surface.

To boo a 19-year-old striker is ridiculous. Origi is still learning the game and he has to do it with the pressure of being Lille's only hope of a goal scoring threat.

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has been phenomenal in the last 18 months, scoring 28 goals in less than two seasons for OL, but when he was Origi's age, he was playing out wide for Lyon and scored just five goals.

It wasn't until he was around 21 years old that he started to deliver the promise that his younger years had suggested, but it doesn't seem like Origi will be given the same time to develop.

The situation that both Lille and Liverpool find themselves in is far from ideal for helping a young, talented striker to blossom.

When he arrives in Liverpool next summer, the expectation will be for Origi to hit the ground running and score goals. The same expectation is on him now at Lille, and with a poor cast of players beside him and the side bereft of any confidence, it is not going well.

However, what has brought the fans to this point is not Origi's ability in front of goal, but the level of performance, or lack of, that Origi has shown in recent weeks.

Fans will always forgive players that look like they are trying their best and giving 100 percent, but when you look disinterested and disheartened, the fans are quick to think that you are not as dedicated as they would like.

Ever since he returned from the World Cup a Liverpool player, there have been signs that Origi's head was already in Liverpool. Too often he has gone missing from games and looked devoid of that spark, the spark that attracted Liverpool's attention in the first place.

The player has denied this, saying he is 100 percent committed to Lille, but his displays haven't conveyed that mentality, and that's what the fans saw last night.

It may not be right to boo a player so young, but it is clear to see why the frustration is there. Liverpool fans may hope that Origi can be their saviour, but some Lille fans have already decided he is not going to be theirs.

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