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.
Liverpool’s reported £70m and Keylor Navas deal for Sadio Mane could improve team
If Liverpool’s reported pursuit came off, could they be better off without their forward?
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool‘s Senegalese speedster Sadio Mane this summer, and are said to have offered terms the Reds should seriously consider, according to Diario Gol.
The European champions are reportedly offering a staggering 80 million euros (£70 million) and their current number one, Keylor Navas, for Mane’s services. And the question bears asking: would Liverpool be better off as a team accepting the terms, considering their reported pursuit of Lorenzo Insigne? (TransferMarketWeb).
The suggested fee would put Liverpool in with a great chance of landing the Napoli superstar, while pocketing a fair amount to improve other areas of the team.
Klopp undoubtedly needs to resolve the goalkeeper situation at Liverpool, with Lloris Karius showing he isn’t up to the required standard at such a huge club.
And, so far, linked stoppers are being touted for ridiculous fees, with the likes of Jasper Cillessen and Alisson supposedly sitting on price-tags well in excess of £50 million for their services.
Navas could represent the best option for Liverpool in their current predicament then, and although losing Mane doesn’t bear thinking about for fans, if the brilliant Insigne can be brought to Anfield, the club must surely consider Real’s offer.
The point needs stressing though, Insigne is vital in any deal, and if Napoli aren’t serious about moving the 27-year-old on, the Reds should dismiss any talk of Mane leaving this summer.
Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina
Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.
Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.
The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.
Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.
Here’s the reaction:
Him and rakitic… must admit i would love rakitic at #LFC
— Brian Graham (@BrianGraham17) June 21, 2018
I would have took less money for Coutinho if it meant we would have got Rakitic as part of the deal. I think he is hugely under appreciated at Barca. Brilliant tonight again.
— Adam Deasy (@DeasyAdam98) June 21, 2018
Rakiti? was outstanding
— RedRightHandLFC (@RedRightHandLFC) June 21, 2018
Hey Liverpool, I think Rakitic may be for sale in the summer.
— Nadya (@nadyaissa) June 21, 2018
— Rob (@RT3960) June 21, 2018
— Morten Liland (@Mor10lil) June 21, 2018
As for Rakiti?, if Barça we’re looking rid of him, I’d take him at #LFC in a heartbeat
— Paddy McCouldBeWorse (@paddymccleery) June 21, 2018
— Ahmed ? (@KingDivock) June 21, 2018
Sign Rakitic @LFC
— Ahmad (@Lallannaa) June 21, 2018
It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.
Jurgen Klopp should bring in Emil Forsberg to replace Adam Lallana
The Swedish star is keen on leaving RB Leipzig this summer and Liverpool have been linked in the past.
It seems Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg has made his mind up over his RB Leipzig future. The talented playmaker has told Fotbolskanalen in his homeland:
“I’m ready for the next big step. That’s going to be very interesting.
“I am in dialogue with RB and always had a good relationship with the club.
“I have the dream of playing for the strongest clubs in the world.”
Those words certainly suggest he is on his way. Plenty of teams have been linked with the player recently.
That seems a little high and Liverpool could surely get the player cheaper.
It is definitely a deal Liverpool should consider. Forsberg is a similar talent to Adam Lallana.
Capable of playing anywhere along the front behind the front-man he relies on his cunning, technique and brains too make up for his lack of pace.
In fact, when watching highlights of the pair in action, the similarities are uncanny.
However, Forsberg is four years younger than Lallana and the ex-Southampton man’s recent injury record has been awful.
Undoubtedly, Lallana is a magnificent talent. He is also a favourite of Jurgen Klopp’s, often considered the German’s teacher’s pet.
But Liverpool simply cannot rely on the 30-year-old to stay fit anymore. Klopp loves him, but he would love Forsberg just as much.
It might be time for Liverpool to trade in for a newer model.