Liverpool considering Divock Origi sale - Should he be allowed to leave?
With just days left in the summer transfer window, speculation is mounting about potential moves. One of those could be for Liverpool striker Divock Origi, according to The Telegraph, as the Reds consider allowing the Belgian to move on after two years at Anfield.
Origi has played just nine minutes so far this season, and wasn’t even included in the match day squad to face Hoffenheim in the crucial Champions League qualifier in midweek. That was as clear an indication as any that he may not have a role to play at Anfield this season, having fallen behind a fit again Daniel Sturridge and new arrival Dominic Solanke in the pecking order.
Origi has often shown that he struggles for form. Last season alone, he suffered two goal droughts of nine and twelve games each in the Premier League, and that could be a concern. With Liverpool desperate to break teams down, they cannot afford to have a player being carried by his team-mates.
There may also be doubts, particularly from Jurgen Klopp, that the centre forward can adapt to the system that the German wants to use. Klopp prefers to have a striker who will drop deep or wide, interchanging with the front three. Whilst Origi has tried to implement that side to his game, he has often struggled to cut out his natural game of playing on the shoulder of the last man.
However, when Origi does find form, he finds great form. The centre forward often goes through purple patches, scoring in four games back to back last season, with another two of his three other Premier League strikes coming in consecutive games. In those spells, there are few better strikers in the league.
At 22-years-old, the former Lille man still has room to develop and improve. With the likes of Mamadou Sakho expected to leave this week, the club are under no pressure to sell, particularly given that they have hardly broken the bank this summer. To give up on Origi now may be a premature and regrettable decision.
There is no doubting that is not yet the finished product. However, Jurgen Klopp is one of the best coaches in the game at developing players to exceed their potential, and in Origi, he has a play with impressive raw ability. It would be a surprise to see the Reds look to cash in on him this early, even if he may be on the fringes of the squad.