Former Liverpool ace Michael Owen believes the club will live to regret missing out on Chelsea-bound Timo Werner and says Divock Origi is not a good enough back-up for Roberto Firmino.
The Belgian forward started in Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Aston Villa as Firmino was given a much-needed rest.
However, Origi failed to impress during a disjointed first half display and the Belgian was replaced by Firmino on the hour mark.
Liverpool’s performance improved once the Brazilian entered the fray, which further underlined the Reds’ reliance on the forward’s movement and link-up play.
Jurgen Klopp had been keen to sign a forward to compete with Firmino and Werner had been expected to move to Anfield before Chelsea swooped for the Germany forward.
Owen believes it was a mistake to allow the German to slip through the club’s fingers and says Origi blocked the deal from happening.
After Ian Wright criticised Origi’s display, Owen told Premier League Productions: ‘I agree with Wrighty. Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes they will.
‘Origi’s just signed a new contract and Minamino’s only just signed. They are there and they’re fixed but that doesn’t mean you can’t question whether they should be.
‘Origi signing a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool…they were loyal to him weren’t they?
‘He’d done what he’d done [in the Champions League] and all of a sudden they they thought he’s done that so you have to give them a new contract.
‘That’s now prevented them from going and spending big money on a back-up striker.
‘Timo Werner was obviously a player that Liverpool were linked to and he’s eventually gone to Chelsea. I think that type of player would have been brilliant for Liverpool.
‘They signed Origi on a long-term contract that virtually ruled out a back-up striker and I’m not sure that they don’t need a better one.’
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