It would seem as though Juventus are preparing for a future where Mario Mandzukic does not play for the Italian giants. The Croatian was the subject of interest from Premier League clubs this Summer and, should he complete a move away from Juventus, Calciomercato claim that Divock Origi has been identified as a suitable replacement.
While I am confident that Origi is happy playing for and learning under Jurgen Klopp, if Juventus ever came knocking then I could seem him leaving. Liverpool aren’t ready to complete with the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid as far as pull factors go.
Most of Liverpool’s transfer pull comes from the heritage of the club, although even that’s becoming less and less influential, and Jurgen Klopp’s track record with Borussia Dortmund. At the moment, Origi is behind Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the club’s forward pecking order.
Calciomercato also mention that, should Origi fail as an alternative to Mandzukic, Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud could be approached.
There has been a lot of speculation recently that Sturridge’s future may lie away from Liverpool and if Juventus are really keen that could signal the end of that. With that in mind, it’s unlikely that Klopp will release Sturridge or Origi without competent replacement line up.