Belgian website Voetbal 24 have claimed that Divock Origi could return to his home country and join Club Brugge in the January transfer window ahead of Euro 2020 – as he struggled to get regular Liverpool game time.
Origi, 25, has managed just one start this season – clocking up only three appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal against Lincoln in the Carabao Cup. He has now been on the books at Liverpool for six years.
A cult hero, Origi is a fan favourite at Liverpool after scoring against Tottenham in the Champions League final – and a brace against Barcelona in the semi-final. But the signing of Diogo Jota has pushed Origi further down the pecking order.
Romelu Lukaku remains first choice for Belgium, but Origi will be desperate to be picked as cover for Euro 2020 next summer. Game time will be needed, and the latest report claims the £10million (Guardian) signing could join Club Brugge on loan.
TBR’s view – Origi should really consider loan move
Unlike at centre-back, Liverpool are well stocked in the final third. Even despite the loss of Rhian Brewster, Liverpool now boast a well-equipped back-up three to replace Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Xherdan Shaqiri is fit, Jota has starred in his early Liverpool appearances and is even knocking on Firmino’s door – as well as Origi. But when it comes to replacing one of the front three, Origi is well behind Jota. A loan is more than necessary.