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The Latest Football News From Liverpool: Divock Origi criticised as “worst signing” after injury-hit start at AC Milan

Origi made the decision to leave Anfield after eight years this summer, joining Milan on a free transfer as he put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

It was a bold choice from the Belgian, who had carved out a niche at Liverpool, but it was arguably the right one as he found himself unlikely to reclaim first-choice duties under Jurgen Klopp.

Injury ruled Origi out of a swansong in the Champions League final, however, and persistent fitness issues have limited the 27-year-old to just four substitute appearances for Milan so far.

Manager Stefano Pioli had indicated prior to the weekend clash with Sampdoria that his No. 27 was in line to start, only to see him ruled out in the buildup with a new injury that could also see him miss the visit of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

That frustration has led Italian journalist Alvise Cagnazzo to label Origi the worst signing of the season in a column for the Mail.

Cagnazzo argues that the forward seems to already be on a downward curve in his career, and beyond his injury concerns he has been poor whenever he has played.

There is a big risk in that Origi could become a flop like Javi Moreno, Jose Mari, Patrick Kluivert and Fernando Torres, he writes.

Of course, this is merely the opinion of one journalist, though the verdict is mixed among Milan fans on Twitter:

Gonna be honest Origi was a huge disappointment

Mark Galliani ? (@ACMaruk) September 6, 2022