Jimmy Bullard criticises Liverpool striker

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is substituted for Divock Origi

Jimmy Bullard pulled no punches in his assessment of the Liverpool striker's performance.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is substituted for Divock Origi

Belgium slumped to a demoralising 2-0 defeat to Italy in their Euro 2016 opener in Lyon last night.

Goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle in either half did the damage to a Belgium side who quite simply boast quality everywhere on the pitch.

Divock Origi celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool

One of those Belgian stars could, and perhaps should, have salvaged at least a point for his country at 1-0 down, but Liverpool hitman Divock Origi, who replaced Romelu Lukaku, spurned a couple of glorious opportunities on the big stage.

 

Origi enjoyed an excellent final few months of the 2015-16 campaign with Liverpool, establishing himself as the Reds' number one striker more or less following some goal-laden form.

But he was poor at the Stade des Lumieres last night, and former Premier League midfielder Jimmy Bullard had no qualms over calling a spade a spade.

Liverpool's Divock Origi and Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek

The 37-year-old took to Twitter to share his opinion of the 21-year-old's second-half performance, in which he had 17 minutes to make an impact.

In his defence, Origi did miss a few weeks toward the end of the season after picking up an injury in a Merseyside derby win over Everton, though his gaffes for Belgium did seem like just misses to be honest.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Divock Origi at the end of the match

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