Mark Lawrenson has shared that Divock Origi did the ‘square root of nothing’ during Liverpool’s 2-0 League Cup win over Preston North End on Wednesday.
Despite Origi scoring a quite outrageous goal to seal the game after 84 minutes, Lawrenson stated that he’s ‘not even put himself about’ during the game, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
It was actually a lacklustre performance from the Liverpool team as a whole, because they were probably lucky the Championship side didn’t put away a number of clear-cut chances they produced during the first half.
But that’s what you get when a mix of players, that don’t play with each other much, are tasked to dance at the same tune.
Added with that, a number of them are also novices, so it’s not that easy to gel it all together.
But Origi is one of the most experienced from the Liverpool bunch that started last night, as Lawrenson was left shocked by what he was seeing from the £10 million man (BBC Sport)
“Not a lot because I haven’t seen him for about 74 minutes,” said Lawrenson. “Unbelievable. He’s not even put himself about.
“He’s a big boy. He’s strong and tough.
On his goal: “Well, it was a brilliant finish. Absolutely brilliant. I am not even actually sure how he managed to get his leg to where he got it to dink it in.
“He has basically, throughout the course of the game, done absolutely to the square root of nothing. But that’s what you get with goalscorers.”
Whilst Origi can earn game time in Europe, now and again, it’s the League Cup where he earns his real minutes.
Perhaps he can take a leaf out of Diogo Jota’s book and fight his way into the Liverpool XI by leaving his mark when he is given a chance.
Whilst the manner in which he scored yesterday will be talked about a lot, in truth, the overall performance from the Belgian was average.
But strikers make sure, regardless of how well they do or don’t perform, they put the ball in the net when it matters and that’s exactly what he did.