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Report: Liverpool stunned as Barcelona eye 'unreal' 26-year-old

Liverpool are bracing themselves for a surprise bid from Barcelona for misfit striker Divock Origi, according to Spanish outlet, Sport. The striker is way down the pecking order at Anfield, with the Reds open to letting him leave.

Barcelona ar in dire straits. The famous glory sides of old are now no more and boss Ronald Koeman has a serious rebuild job on his hands.

A striker will be identified in January; with Origi on their radar. The man who signed for Liverpool in 2014 has played for just two minutes in the Premier League during 2021/22.

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Origi was up for sale in the summer. Clubs weren’t forthcoming with offers though and the man valued at just £12 million remains at Anfield.

The 26-year-old has constantly been a peripheral figure at Liverpool. In 161 appearances, he has scored 36 goals and claimed 16 assists, with his Champions League exploits of 2018/19 memorable to say the least.

He helped Liverpool overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona; scoring twice in a 4-0 Anfield win against the Catalan giants.

Origi has featured twice in the Champions League this season. He registered an assist in a 3-2 win over AC Milan and came on as a late substitute in a 5-1 win against Porto.

Liverpool should cash in on Origi

The Reds aren’t doing anyone any favours by keeping the man with 29 caps for his country. He is kicking his heels on the sidelines and that doesn’t bode well for either party.

Caoimhin Kelleher previously called Origi ‘unreal’ (Sky Sports; 30/10/19) after a Carabao Cup contest and he does have some serious quality.

At 26 he has yet to reach his peak and whoever does sign him will be getting themselves a talented striker with plenty of experience.

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Origi earns £77,000-a-week on Merseyside and getting that wage off the budget could allow Jurgen Klopp some room to manoeuvre.

Barcelona will surely be an attractive proposition for the Belgian and the move seemingly suits everyone down to the ground.

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