Remember when Luis Suarez used to state his unhappiness to Uruguayan newspapers at every possible opportunity?
Luckily for the South American, he was the best centre-forward in the world, so could get away with his multiple, consistent and varied misdemeanours by being mindbogglingly good on the pitch…
But when a 21-year-old forward who’s been poor for most of the season does it, it’s harder to forgive.
Divock Origi has claimed he doesn’t like being used on the wing and that he’s disappointed to have not been more involved this campaign.
The striker emerged as our first-choice in 2015/16, starting and scoring in both legs of the Borussia Dortmund classic – but in 2016/17 he’s been very much behind Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s thinking – and probably rightly so.
“It’s a bit frustrating that I don’t play a lot. It has been a while since I’ve been able to play a few games in a row. Last year, it was easier because we were still in the Europa League and competing in the two cup competitions,” he told Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsbald, translated by the Echo.
“As a result there were more chances. This season is difficult to play a lot. At the end of the season I’ll make an assessment. I need to remain calm.
“My ultimate goal is to become a first-team regular at Liverpool and I think I’m close.
“I played two times on the wing. With my speed and efficiency in front of goal I think I’m much more effective as a striker.”
Origi is a phenomenal athlete and has technical ability, too – but his mindset doesn’t scream ‘winner’ to us. It doesn’t look like he believes he’s the best player on the pitch, which is essential for top level strikers.
This term, he’s notched eight goals in all competitions, which isn’t abysmal considering he’s barely started – but in 2017 he’s been ineffective off the bench – which is the only way he’ll earn Premier League starts.
We still have big hopes for Origi and hope he can get his head right and take his opportunity when it comes.