Liverpool just announced last night that Divock Origi has extended his contract beyond the 12 months he was supposed to stay at Anfield.
This bit of news was taken joyously by most Liverpool supporters but one club legend disagreed with Jurgen Klopp’s decision.
Steve Nichol, who is also an ESPN pundit and a Merseyside legend with 13 years of association with the Reds, thinks that Origi is not good enough to upstage Roberto Firmino in the centre-forward role.
“I was asked this question whether they should resign him and I said no,” he told ESPN FC (via Express). “I don’t think Origi is any better today than he was [when he joined]. He’s 24 now, he joined Liverpool when he was 19.
“I don’t think he’s any better today than he was then. He doesn’t see the field enough. He’s come on and scored some important goals, yes. But his actual play is not good enough, it’s not a high level.
“If Klopp wants to give Firmino a rest for example and you play Origi, the level drops so far down. That’s my problem.”
Liverpool bid farewell to Daniel Sturridge this summer and have promoted Rhian Brewster from the youth ranks, who has been promised a bigger role in the senior team this season.