Ex-striker: This Liverpool striker is playing so poorly, it’s ridiculous
John Aldridge has been left stunned by Divock Origi's poor form in a Liverpool shirt
John Aldridge admits he can’t believe how poorly Liverpool striker Divock Origi is playing.
The Belgium international has failed to score in his last nine appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit despite starting two games against League Two opposition Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round.
Origi’s current form is in stark contrast to his initial impact after the 21-year-old was drafted into the Liverpool side following Philippe Coutinho’s injury during a 2-0 victory over Sunderland in November.
The former Lille forward scored in five successive games after he was asked to fill in for injured Coutinho against the Black Cats, even managing to keep Daniel Sturridge out of the first-team.
However, former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes the Merseyside outfit have struggled badly in the absence of Coutinho and Sadio Mane given the poor form of both Origi and Sturridge.
“With no Mane, it’s an issue. Divock Origi’s confidence is so low and he’s playing so poorly, it’s ridiculous. Can Daniel Sturridge play there? We just don’t know. He popped up there against Swansea but he was coming too deep,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“In fairness to Jurgen, maybe he thought he had players to cope with his absence in Origi and Sturridge. They’re both quick, direct and have proven themselves in this league, so it wasn’t a stretch thinking they could.
“But for them two in particular right now, it’s just not happening. You can’t say they haven’t had plenty of opportunities between them, but for whatever reason, it’s not working out.”
Liverpool are in fourth place in the Premier League table and 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.