Divock Origi's father defends loaned out Liverpool striker after 926 minute barren spell

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The Belgian teen has not been finding the net in recent weeks.

Divock Origi signed for Liverpool in the summer for around £10 million but was immediately loaned back to Lille in order to play regular first-team football.

The Belgian had shone at the World Cup, most admitting he was perhaps a better option than Everton's £28 million man Romelu Lukaku.

However in recent weeks he has struggled to fins his best form. He has now not scored in 926 minutes of football, his last goal coming against Wolfsburg from the penalty spot. Last night he stepped up against Wolfsburg again from 12 yards, and saw his effort saved.

After the incident Lille fans showed their emotions, booing the talented but recently frustrating 19-year-old, who will be playing at Liverpool next season.

Of course it is rather unfair to lay the blame of a team's misfortunes solely at the door of a teenager and now his father has made it clear that it is unfair to expect so much of Origi at this moment in time.

Mike Origi, himself a former professional footballer and Kenyan international, is reported as saying:

"He is going through a less good period. The World Cup, missing the subsequent preparation with Lille. You must not underestimate these factors."

Origi's struggles for form mirror those of his parent club. Liverpool go into the game against arch-rivals Manchester United this weekend desperate for a win in a week they were knocked out of the Champions League by FC Basel.

Both will hope to be back to form as soon as possible.

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