Why the Lille fans may be right to boo Liverpool's Divock Origi

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Once again, Divock Origi was booed by Lille fans as he left the field in their 2-1 win over Lyon on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon, in the closing moments of Lille's 2-1 victory over league leaders Olympique Lyonnais, Liverpool loanee Divock Origi made his exit with only injury time remaining. A large number of Lille fans took this moment to let the 19-year-old forward know about their disappointment in what was another sub-par performance by booing him off the pitch.

For any set of fans to boo a teenager off the pitch is unacceptable and very unhelpful behaviour, but for anyone that has regularly watched the Belgian this season, you can see why they would be far from impressed with the striker. It's stupid behaviour but, from a Lille point-of-view, you can't help but understand where they are coming from.

Saturday's reaction wasn't only due to his performance against Lyon, but a culmination of his displays all season. Dips in form are always understandable for a teenager, but to have a dip you need to perform well in the beginning and eventually rediscover your form after a bad spell. Origi has been at the same poor level ever since he signed for Liverpool in the summer.

Saturday was in no way his worst performance. At times he looked off the pace and the game passed him by for large stages. On the couple of occasions he did have sights on goal, he looked laboured, but this is not something new this season.

After the game, Coach Rene Girard was disappointed in the crowd’s reaction:

"I am heartbroken. I said from the start. It's a shame because the whistles do not come from his performance, but rather because he signed for Liverpool... And do not expect me to drop him in this situation. This is not good."

After the game, French radio station RMC were scathing in their review of Origi. Daniel Riolo suggested that Origi wasn't going to Liverpool to play football, and that he must have opened a shop or a restaurant in the area. His broadcast colleague Jean Michel Larque suggested that Origi was a cheater, comparing the effort and desire he shows for Belgium with what he has achieved this season for Lille.

It's too easy to say that Origi is playing in a bad team, but there are plenty of players, playing in teams further down the league than Lille, that have blossomed this season.

Ever since the start of the season, it has been clear to see that Origi's mind has been elsewhere. For Liverpool fans, there is a great chance that once he makes his move to Anfield all his problems will disappear and the potential he showed that made the Reds pursue him in the first place will return and the poor Lille form will be nothing more than a distant memory, but you can understand why the Lille fans would be disgruntled by his lack of effort.

You only have to look at teammate Rony Lopes, on loan from Manchester City and showing signs of greatness. Another player that was in the same situation was now Chelsea 'keeper Thibault Courtois, but not once did his levels drop for Atletico Madrid despite knowing that his long-term future lay at Stamford Bridge.

There has to be some worries that, despite what Girard says about his attitude, something isn't quite right in Origi's mental side. It would be a shame if this drop in commitment was to continue beyond this season, but we can only judge that once he has had time to perform at Liverpool.

It does look like the decision to leave him at Lille for the whole season was the wrong move. Origi is adding little to their campaign and the player doesn't seem to be learning from the experience.

Liverpool have signed a player with clear potential and raw ability; the pressure will be on the Belgian to show what he is capable of when he appears in the Premier League next season.

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