After losing 6-1 to Stoke City on Sunday, Liverpool fans would have been hoping to wake up to some good news on Monday morning, but French newspaper L’Equipe have done nothing but twist the knife in a little bit more.
To continue their end of season wrap up, they have published their “Worst XI of the season” in Ligue 1, with Liverpool loanee Divock Origi leading the line.
If it were based purely on the first half of the season, there is little doubt that it would be merited, but Origi has improved in the last few months and has turned his loan spell around. The 19-year-old has gone from boos against Wolfsburg and Lyon to cheers against Rennes and Lens.
His five goals in the second half of the season takes his tally to eight, more than he achieved last season and by far not the worst striker in Ligue 1.
The team is based on L’Equipe’s ratings system, and you often have to take them with a pinch of salt. They will regularly give players a very low score just to make a point, so it then skews a season average.
You could just have easily had players like Monaco’s Dimitar Berbatov, Ola Toivonen of Rennes or Ricky van Wolfswinkel on loan from Norwich, but they don’t have the editorial impact that it has to slate Origi.
Liverpool fans shouldn’t panic. Origi has developed a lot of the past six or seven months. His time at Lille may not have been spectacular on the pitch, but it has helped him grow up and he will become a better player for it.