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Liverpool have one of the most exciting strike forces in world football, with Diogo Jota waiting in the wings as cover too, but Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to keep another border player at the club

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Former Premier League striker Michael Owen has given a damning review of Divock Origi despite his knack of scoring late winners for Liverpool, despite acknowledging the Belgian’s role in the squad.

The Reds beat Wolves 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a goal from Origi in the 94th minute.

After some good work from Mohamed Salah down the right wing, the ball was played into the Belgian with his back to goal, who then swivelled and fired the past Jose Sa on the half turn.

The goal was Origi’s second of the season despite only playing 41 minutes of Premier League football.

The forward has been slightly of an enigma at Anfield in recent years. He’s turned up when it matters most, but has failed to gain any sort of consistency. But his position in the squad is not crucial, though he could leave a meaningful space on the gap if he were to depart.

Origi is out of contract at the end of the season and his future is uncertain, but the poor review that former Reds star Owen has given him indicates that he won’t be on the phone to Jurgen Klopp pleading him to ensure the striker stays any time soon.

Jurgen Klopp labelled Origi a ‘legend’ on Saturday (

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Speaking to Premier League Productions, the former England international said: “Whenever he (Origi) starts, I must let in, he disappoints me.

“I know you will say, ‘What about Barcelona in the Champions League?’ Of course, he has had the most unbelievable moments in a Liverpool shirt, but overall when he starts, he disappoints me.

“I think he is an impact sub, but he might get a few more starts now, especially in January.”

However, as we all know, Origi’s opportunities at Anfield will always be limited as long as they have the plethora of attacking talent that they do at their disposal. Realistically, is it too meaningful of an ordeal if Origi was to stay given his squad rotation role?

The Belgian ace is expected to be thrown in at the thorough end in the first month of 2022 as Klopp will be without forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who will both be away at the African Cup of Nations, gifting the striker the perfect opportunity to stake his claim for an extension and silence his doubters.

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And Klopp appears to have complete confidence in the 26-year-old to step up, labelling him a legend after his late winner at the weekend.

Speaking to the official Liverpool site about the win, the former Borussia Dortmund boss said: “When you don’t score you just have to keep going and that’s what we did. And then Divock Origi, the legend, came and finished it off for us. I love it.

“He is an incredible finisher – if we don’t know it at Liverpool, who should know it then? We saw that so often.

“How I said, it’s difficult to get 500 minutes a week in this team because of the players we have. But Divock Origi is an incredible football player.

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“He is great in these moments, he doesn’t need a lot of run-up or time to find into a game, and especially not in this game today. It was his game, he could be Divock Origi 100 per cent: in and around the box, use your body, use your technique, finish the situations off.”

What Origi provides is different to all the other Liverpool forwards, he is the big, powerful target man that is required when balls are being pumped into the box at the death. If people, including Owen, are willing to accept that, they may see the striker in a different light.

You will never see the 26-year-old dancing down the wing before nutmegging a defender and bending one into the far corner like Diogo Jota, Salah or Mane might. But he will be the man to nod in a winner at the back post with 30 seconds left on the clock after a scrappy goalmouth scramble.

If Origi is willing to accept that he will play second fiddle to Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino and Jota then Liverpool need to be putting an offer on the table for the striker, unless they have another player on the way.

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