It has been a difficult season for Liverpool loanee Divock Origi, but there are finally positive signs that the 19-year-old striker has regained his form and will enjoy a positive end to the season in Ligue 1.
Although the Belgium international missed a penalty as Lille beat Stade de Reims 3-1 on Saturday, he was at the forefront of Lille’s victory and as well as scoring the second, he set up the third goal as Nolan Roux sealed the victory.
Just into the second half, Sofiane Boufal whipped in a dangerous free-kick and Origi was on hand at the back post to double the home side’s lead. Nicolas De Preville got one back for Reims just four minutes later, but Origi would make sure his team picked up all three points.
Brendan Rodgers would have been delighted to see the variation of Origi’s play that brought both the goal and the assist. With 18 minutes to go, the striker pulled wide, picked his head up and beautifully found Roux inside the box, allowing his strike partner to nod past Kossi Agassa.
That now takes the forward to three assists for the season and seven goals, a very good return from the teenager, and somewhat taking away from the very poor patch of form he endured earlier in the season.
After going 17 league games without a goal, he now has four in three games. It’s not only the end product, but he looks happier, the body language is much more positive and he very much resembles the player that surprisingly won a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
If Origi can continue this run of form and help Lille finish higher up the table, it will be a much more fitting end to his Lille career than the disappointing first-half. That is not only good news for the French club, but bodes well for Liverpool next season.