Liverpool have confirmed on their club website that Divock Origi has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on a season long loan deal. Origi will join up with his new team-mates after the international break and will help the side to try to return to the top four of the German top flight.
What’s the deal?
Origi will spend the rest of the 2017/18 season on loan at Wolfsburg. The Times journalist Paul Joyce claims on Twitter that Wolfsburg will pay a handsome £6 million loan fee and all of his wages for the duration of his time in Germany. Not bad considering that Liverpool paid only £10 million for him in 2015.
What does it mean for Liverpool?
Not a lot should change for the Reds. Origi has played just nine minutes so far this season and didn’t even make the bench for the past two games. With Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke ahead of him in the pecking order for his preferred central role, it will simply allow the Belgian to get more regular game time and experience elsewhere.
Some have hinted that it could suggest that the Reds are preparing for another arrival. However, in truth that seems unlikely to be directly linked. The signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gives cover on the wings which may have been the key to the confirmation of this loan deal.
What’s the reaction?
Liverpool fans have generally agreed with the call to send Origi out on loan. They have recognised that he will not feature prominently for the Reds this season and a loan deal is probably best for all parties.
The German side’s fans have been delighted by the news, picking up on his superb form at times in the Europa League and his breakthrough at the 2014 World Cup which earned him a move to Anfield as a teenager.