Pundit knew Liverpool star would miss; suggests title hopes are fading

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2021 9:15 - James Marshment

Divock Origi miss v Burnley

Graeme Souness has cast doubts over Liverpool’s title chances due to their current profligacy in front of goal – and says he “always knew” Divock Origi was going to waste his big chance against Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have drawn a blank in their last three Premier League games ahead of Thursday’s clash with Burnley. Indeed, such has been their form, they have fallen off the pace at the top of the table.

Klopp decided to freshen up his trusted front three against the Clarets in a bid to breathe new life into their attack.

Indeed, Klopp turned to Origi; the Belgian handed his first Premier League start of the season.

Origi had a great chance to justify his selection when he found himself through on goal during the first half.

Despite taking two composed touches, Origi then saw a powerful shot cannon off the crossbar.

He really ought to have scored – and Sky Sports pundit Souness was quick to scold the Belgian during the interval.

“If it had been any of their other – their normal front three – you’d have said goal.

“I know he’s got some important goals for the club but as he’s running through, I did say to you ‘he’s gonna miss here’.

“I mean, his first touch is great, his second touch is great,” Souness said. “He gives himself time to open the body up… and he’s missed it. OK, you can say, six inches lower, six inches to the left, it’s a goal, but it isn’t. It doesn’t hit the back of the net. It’s a bad miss.”

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Souness fears for Liverpool chances

Souness also doubts Liverpool’s title potential if they don’t sort out their wastefulness in front of goal.

“Over the last four games, Liverpool have had 75 shots on goal. They’ve scored once. Seventy-five shots! That is not champions,” he added.

“Their frustration is building. You saw Jurgen Klopp at the end (of the half) with Sean Dyche [amid a small facing off]. That’s all part of it.”

Meanwhile, Origi’s evening came to an end when he was withdrawn by Klopp for Roberto Firmino after 57 minutes.

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