Chris Sutton says Liverpool player would play every week if he joined Aston Villa
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Chris Sutton says Liverpool player would play every week if he joined Aston Villa

Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club that Liverpool striker Divock Origi would get a whole lot more game time if he joined Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa – but not at Arsenal.

Origi, 26, is out of contract at the end of the season, but he has been in fantastic form of late. On Sunday, he scored the winner against Wolves after coming off the bench, netting in injury time.

Then, after Sutton’s comments, Origi continued his recent surge in momentum with the winner against AC Milan in the Champions League. It gives Liverpool an in-form option, which they will need in January.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will be at the African Cup of Nations from the end of December to potentially the start of February. Having an in-form Origi surely rules out a potential move next month.

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Sutton spoke about Origi – before his goal against Milan on Tuesday night – responding when asked if he was to leave, which club could he join. He does not think he could join Arsenal, but would get game time at Villa.

“You want to play. I’m not saying he could go to Chelsea, I’m not saying he could go to an Arsenal,” Sutton said. “An Aston Villa, a Norwich City, where he would play regularly. A team like that where he could play week in, week out.”

Sutton on Origi: Liverpool star would struggle to play regularly for Villa

Origi is in brilliant form. The debate is, would you rather join a lesser side where you play regularly – or stay at Liverpool where he will struggle to get game time, but win trophies?

He is seen as a Liverpool legend. Scoring crucial goals in the semi-final and final of the 2018-19 Champions League trophy. He continued to do so, proving so in the final few days.

It differs between a player’s want and needs. Would Origi play for Villa? He would have to compete with Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins and the chances are, he might struggle to start even there.

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