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Liverpool need a goalscorer and Divock Origi is ‘nowhere near good enough’, claims Jamie Carragher


Origi has become a peripheral figure (Picture: Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are in need of a goalscorer to ease the burden on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and believes Divock Origi isn’t at the required level for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Belgium international has proven himself to be a valuable member of the Reds’ supporting cast in previous seasons but found playing time harder to come by this term, making just eight appearances in the Premier League.

The fine form of summer arrival Diogo Jota saw Origi’s role reduced, while Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino have continued to be cornerstones of Klopp’s side.

Carragher isn’t at all convinced by the striker (Picture: Getty Images)

But having been without Jota since early December due to a knee injury, and Salah and Mane still scoring the vast majority of Liverpool’s goals, Anfield legend Carragher wants to see his former side reinforce their attacking options in the next transfer window.

‘Liverpool definitely need to bring a goalscorer in,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Super 6 podcast. 

‘I don’t know exactly what position for, whether that’s a centre-forward or a midfielder.

‘At the moment they are massively reliant on Salah and Mane, nobody else looks like they’re going to score.

‘Jota has been a miss, but whether Jota would ever be first choice in a Liverpool team – I’m not sure yet. He made a great start when he came in.

‘I think they need to add goals to the team, whether that’s a midfield player who can score goals because it looks like Wijnaldum is going to move on or it’s a case of doing something different through the middle.

‘You look at Bobby Firmino and Liverpool’s attacking players, they don’t actually have a striker. Jota is not a striker, same with Mane, same with Salah.

‘They have Divock Origi but he’s nowhere near good enough. And he a lot of the time plays out wide, because he can’t play as a centre-forward.

‘So Firmino plays that role but we always talk about him being a ‘false nine’, he’s not actually an out-and-out striker.

‘I think Liverpool could do with bringing a striker in, just to shake things up and primarily someone who gets goals.

‘I think there’s too much pressure on those two players at the top of the pitch to score goals.

‘If they don’t score, Liverpool don’t look like scoring.’


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