According to ESPN, Liverpool have decided to turn down any approaches to sign Divock Origi this summer. The striker only has one year left to run on his current deal, so the Reds risk losing him for free next summer.
Despite not being a regular starter at Anfield, the 24-year-old had a big impact last season. The 26-cap Belgium international demonstrated a good habit for scoring in key games. He notched the winner in a Premier League clash against bitter rivals Everton. He also scored vital Champions League goals in both the semi-final and final.
He certainly played his way into the hearts of many Liverpool fans and he is a popular figure on Merseyside. However, Jurgen Klopp should recognise that the time is now ripe to cash in on Origi.
The attacker’s stock is high and, given his contract situation, time is running out for Liverpool to sell him. What’s more, despite his recent contributions, Origi isn’t good enough to have a future in Klopp’s squad.
Following their Champions League triumph, Liverpool need to continue showing ambition in the transfer window so that they can kick on and build on that success. Origi should be sold this summer and replaced with a player who can compete for a starting place week in, week out.
The only way that Liverpool can maintain their current rate of progress under Klopp is by being ruthless, efficient and effective in the market.