Divock Origi better than Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, says Michael Owen

Michael Owen says that Liverpool-linked Divock Origi is a better striker than Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea.

Divock Origi has not even made 50 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille, but he has already been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool are reported to be keen on the 19-year-old striker, who was impressive for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup finals, and are willing to pay £9.8 million for him.

Origi started the group games for Belgium on the substitutes’ bench, but his impact after coming on combined with Romelu Lukaku’s dismal displays convinced manager Marc Wilmots to start him against the USA in the last 16.

The teenager had a good game against the Americans despite failing to score, but it was Lukaku who stole the show as he netted one goal and was involved in the other to help the European side win 2-1 in extra time.

Origi maintained his place in the starting line-up against Argentina in the quarter-finals at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on Saturday.

  TeamPosGoal AssistGoalsOntarget Scoring AttBig Chance MissedAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku Belgium FW 0 1 4 0 4 176
Divock Origi Belgium FW 0 1 7 2 5 244

Despite Origi's failure to once again find the net, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen wrote on social networking site Twitter than he is a better striker than Lukaku.


Most Premier League observers would disagree with 34-year-old Owen – after all, Lukaku has been scoring goals regularly for the past two seasons in the English top flight.

However, given that Owen was a top-class striker in his prime and has been following the World Cup closely, his opinion must be respected.

After all, being a former footballer and having played for clubs like Liverpool, United and Real Madrid, he would know.

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