Liverpool have decided that striker Divock Origi is ‘not for sale’ this month.
As reported by The Liverpool Echo, the Reds are prepared to block any offers for the Belgium international, with Jurgen Klopp seemingly ready to persist with the 23-year-old.
Origi had been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield this month, with Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers credited with interest by numerous publications.
Nuno Espirito Santo is understood to want a striker this month to relieve some of the burden on Raul Jimenez.
It would seem that the sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth has had some bearing on Klopp’s thought process over Origi.
Origi Liverpool’s own Niasse
While one can perhaps understand where Klopp is coming from wanting to keep hold of Origi, it is also difficult to see him having much of an impact.
Origi has really struggled at Anfield since his permanent move back in 2015, and did little to impress on loan at Wolfsburg too.
Interestingly, Origi’s situation is quite reminiscent of Oumar Niasse at Everton.
Like Origi, Niasse has struggled to establish himself at Goodison Park, having been signed by a manager who is no longer at the club (Roberto Martinez).
Origi, a Brendan Rodgers acquisition, is behind Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order, while Niasse has struggled to compete with Richarlison, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Reds should stop wasting time over the stagnant Origi and try to move him on either this month or next, just as Everton have done with Niasse, who has joined Cardiff City on loan with an option to buy.