Scouting Report: Does Liverpool Target Divock Origi Have Superstar Upside?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 6, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 05: Divock Origi of Belgium challenges Ezequiel Garay of Argentina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Are Liverpool targeting Lille's Divock Origi, per Alex Rea at the Liverpool Echo, because he could turn into one of the preeminent centre-forwards of his generation?

Here is a scouting report on Origi, a 19-year-old, 6'1", 165-pound Belgian international. 

 

Grading Origi vs. Argentina: F

Origi failed to test Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero during Belgium's 1-0 defeat at the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. 

Leading the line, Origi spent more time shadowing Argentine centre-backs Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis than running at them. 

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Not contributing to Belgium's build-up play was another glaring flaw in Origi's performance.

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What further exacerbated Origi's unsatisfactory display was substitute Romelu Lukaku providing more impact as Belgium mounted a comeback. 

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Origi Positives

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Starting up front and able to slide out wide, Origi is one of the best French-based footballing prospects, per French Football Weekly

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Origi possesses outstanding size, has a rangy playing style and shot on target 72 percent of the time, per Squawka.com.

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Sprinting past Lorient centre-back Bruno Ecuele Manga, Origi curled the ball past an advancing Lorient goalkeeper in Fabien Audard.

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Shifting Evian Thonon Gaillard utility player Daniel Wass to the outside, Origi promptly cut in and heftily struck the ball into the bottom corner. 

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Origi ghosted in with a well-timed run behind Monaco's line of defence and hit a shot past a scrambling Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

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Displaying shooting range, Origi rocketed a shot past Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, only to have a goal rebuffed by the crossbar. 

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Origi has traits which suggest he can develop into a complete No. 9, as pointed out by French football writer Andrew Gibney.

"What he [Origi] does do very well is stretch a defence," Gibney wrote, per French Football Weekly. "He will run the channels, and then use his size and pace to glide past defenders."

This was demonstrated when Origi faced Marseille centre-back Lucas Mendes and zipped past the defender. 

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Origi Negatives

Origi floats in and out of games.

He went on a five-game and a 15-game run without scoring in Ligue 1 last season.

Amid the hype, he is not a bona fide star (yet) and was not the most productive European-based teenager in an attacking position. 

 

League OnlyClubAgeGames/Starting %
Bilal BasacikogluHeerenveen1924/95.8
Divock OrigiLille1930/66.7
Domenico BerardiSassuolo [1]1929/89.7
Keita Balde DiaoLazio1925/56.0
Raheem SterlingLiverpool1933/72.7
Richairo ZivkovicGroningen [2]1733/48.5
Stipe PericaNAC Breda [3]1825/20.0
Timo WernerStuttgart1830/53.3

 

League OnlyGoalsShots Per GoalAssistsKey Passes Per GameDribbles Per Game
Basacikoglu68.241.82.4
Origi55.000.60.7
Berardi165.761.40.9
Keita 510.031.01.5
Sterling95.051.62.8
Zivkovic115.300.40.3
Perica65.010.30.4
Werner410.050.61.4

[1] Co-owned by Juventus.

[2] Since signed by Ajax

[3] Chelsea loanee. 

 

Bottom Line

If Liverpool sign Origi, it would be more beneficial for his development if he was loaned back to Lille. 

Going by the eye test, Origi is a stud and should transition into a world-class centre-forward. 

But statistically speaking, he is in line with other exceptional teenage footballers, which dampens the hype around him. 

What Liverpool's front office need to figure out is if Origi's career will nosedive like Milan Baros and Ryan Babel.

The latter two arrived at Liverpool as Wunderkinds but never fulfilled their potential. 

 

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