Moments of individual ingenuity from Divock Origi aren’t the source of surprise but more so frustration over his failure to prove his talent on a more regular basis.
The Belgian’s undeniable attacking ability hasn’t quite glistened as expected with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga this season, leaving his Liverpool future up for debate.
That being said, he hasn’t been aided by his temporary employers’ gruelling fight for survival across a miserable campaign in Germany’s top flight.
Origi teased a glimpse of his still-untapped potential on Saturday with a clever turn to nutmeg his marker before pulling his cross back for teammate Daniel Didavi to redirect goal bound.
As if it hadn’t already been a good enough week for Liverpool fans…
Divock Origi is flogging hot dogs over in Germany 😮👏 pic.twitter.com/eTb4sPk4f0
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 7, 2018
His vital contribution arrived at an ideal time after Liverpool’s struggles in front of goal in Saturday’s 0-0 Merseyside derby draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings can be forgiven for lacking the sharpness and fear factor of Liverpool’s usual front three, with both having endured lengthy spells waiting in the wings this season.
The performance did, however, reiterate Klopp’s need for more proven quality in front of goal ahead of a 2018/2019 season in which he will be expected to lead his side to a serious title challenge.
Whilst Origi often failed to convince the majority prior to his loan departure, his 21 goals in 77 appearances do hint at a potentially useful backup for Roberto Firmino.
It may be that Klopp turns elsewhere for greater reliability, therefore demanding a statement-making finish to the season from Origi.
In what has been a tough year, it’s good to see the 22-year-old making use of the known ability that he simply doesn’t show often enough.