Forget Sturridge And Henderson – Why These Two Should Start For Liverpool When They Host Dortmund

Liverpool had a positive result in their last Europa League Fixture as the team drew against Thomas Tuchel’s Borrusia Dortmund. Liverpool’s ‘Normal One’ chose Divock Origi in place of the experienced Daniel Sturridge and the young Belgian International gave his side a crucial away goal advantage through a cheeky finish. He gave a man of the match performance that night and proved why he can lead the attacking lines for his side rather than Daniel Sturridge.

Let’s face it, Sturridge is losing his form. Remember the times when Liverpool were known for their attacking duo, well known as SAS? However, when the Uruguayan left the club, Strurridge lost his balance in the club and his affair with the injuries escalated. Since then, he has not been the one that Merseysiders might have hoped that he would become.

The point I’m making here is that the club needs an attacker who can take the club to the next level. And the good old days for the Englishman have gone. He has become an injury prone player and is unable to replicate his form.

Divock Origi, on the other hand, is young and an enthusiastic player. He started the game against Dortmund and ran circles around their defenders. Also, scored 2 goals in their recent victory against Stoke City. He continues to grow in confidence and gave the highlights of his skills and technical abilities.

He showed his class that night (Dortmund’s game) and also proved Klopp’s decision by producing an excellent display. Used his physical strength and pace to dismantle the ‘Perfect’ Dortmund’s defence. And if someone asks, Should Origi start against Dortmund? Then, I’d say yes! If Liverpool will start the game with just one striker then, Origi should be the priority instead of Sturridge. Or else, Both of them can form a partnership and a good understanding in the attack.

Now, talking about the different area of the field. The game against the team like Dortmund, your big players are needed to stand up and lead the team, cheer them. But the Red’s skipper failed to provide such influence that is needed on the big stages like this. Henderson was very sloppy in his possession and had no strength to out power Dortmund’s midfield. He was lacking the pace and the mobility and eventually was subbed off due to his injury. Joe Allen who was then introduced in place of the skipper provided that much-needed pace and mobility. Also showed his sensible ball control that brought some calmness that was missing in the squad. Comparing him to Henderson, Allen provides tenacity which Henderson lacks and also, the team plays comparatively well when he plays for them.

The player had a disappointing start to his Liverpool career but I personally feel that Jurgen Klopp could get more out of Joe Allen than Rodgers did. He can be used alongside Emre Can to apply relentless pressure to the opponents. Also, he has an average passing accuracy of 84%, shows his discipline in defence and gives an aggression to the team, unlike Henderson. His mobility and quality of possession are somehow similar to that of Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan brought to that role during Klopp’s time at Borussia Dortmund. He plays with full confidence and the crowd loves him. And that won’t be a shock if Allen steps on the field in place of Henderson to play in his one of the many big nights.

Written by Swapnil Bhopatkar

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