Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has surprised Reds fans with his decision to start Divock Origi in the place of the injured Roberto Firmino vs Watford tonight.
Firmino has failed to recover from the injury that saw him substituted in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds need to put on a show at Anfield against Watford tonight to make up for their lack of creativity against United on Sunday, fans will be expecting the team to put the sword to Watford’s defence from the get-go.
Firmino’s absence is quite surprising given that Klopp previously suggested that the Brazilian could be fit for tonight’s clash, quotes obtained by Mirror football:
“He looks good, we were obviously lucky. It is not as serous as we thought in the first moment, but if Bobby leaves the pitch it is not a good sign.”
Origi will be hoping that he can prove himself to Klopp as Firmino’s main backup (ahead of England international Daniel Sturridge) against the Hornets this evening. Origi has one goal and one assist from six Premier League appearances this season.
Could this be the start of Origi getting his career back on track at Anfield?
Check out Liverpool’s lineup below:
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 27, 2019
Check out some reaction to the Belgian’s inclusion below:
Cudnt imagine less creativity than sunday but wow well done you got me
— GaryConnolly89 (@GaryCon41554047) February 27, 2019
HAHA NICE ONE NOW SHOW US THE REAL TEAM
— RF9 ?? (@SambaRole) February 27, 2019
Wtf is this lineup
— . (@GerrardEdition) February 27, 2019
Origi and Milner… pic.twitter.com/LytrRnnoT8
— . (@SKh1997) February 27, 2019
— Haaris (@harry78615) February 27, 2019
Do we want the league or are we purposely putting our hopes on the line .
— ? (@VigilantVanDijk) February 27, 2019
There goes the league pic.twitter.com/D5FMwxccWG
— Ayanda Mthimkhulu (@AyandaMthimkhu6) February 27, 2019
— Kwabena KUSI (@anigyiemu) February 27, 2019
I will pull all my hair out if we spend the first 30 minutes passing it around aimlessly at the back and giving away silly fouls.
Keïta and Ox are the link between midfield and attack. Since Ox is out I’d have expected Naby to start.
BIG 90 minutes awaits.#YNWA
— Michael Bisset (@MJBisset_96) February 27, 2019
Milner ahead of keita just as he started to play well ffs
— Andy Smart (@smarta84) February 27, 2019
Man that is disappointing
— Brendan Murphy (@BCM11) February 27, 2019
Who is gona create the chances??? Both shaq and keita on the bench!! I fail to understand rhis??
— claudejansen (@claude_jansen) February 27, 2019