Former Red Jamie Carragher has stated that Liverpool forward Divock Origi is “not quite good enough” to play for the club.
Origi, who played a huge role in Liverpool winning the 2019 Champions League, came on as a substitute for Reds forward Sadio Mane against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
Liverpool lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Saul Niguez’s first-half strike ultimately gives the Spanish giants something to defend come the second leg at Anfield on March 11.
Origi failed to have any impact on the game, but it would be harsh to single him out, as no one from Liverpool played overly well.
Carragher believes that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp should have better options at his disposal than Origi when it comes to making a substitution for one of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah or Mane.
Carragher told Viasport: “If you look at Tuesday night, the big problem for Liverpool is when one of those front-three are not playing.
“Sadio Mane had to come off and the player they bring on in is Divock Origi, who is a Liverpool legend because of what happened last year at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it’s not quite good enough for the best team in the world to be bringing that quality on.”
Carragher added: “Don’t forget, Liverpool never signed a player last summer so you would think there’s a lot of money there waiting to be spent.
“Jurgen Klopp is probably just waiting another year on, some players getting another year older and then he can maybe refresh it.
“He gave Origi a new contract so he couldn’t go and buy an attacking player on the back of that but now I think is definitely the time for Liverpool to reinforce, certainly in the attack, to keep those three on their toes and to rotate them, play different systems.”
This is quite a harsh assessment from Carragher on Origi. The Belgian has been immense when called upon by Klopp in the past couple of seasons.
Origi is very much a squad player, which means he rarely plays. It is difficult to always play well when you aren’t getting the game time required to find consistency.