Matthew Sinton discusses the potential departure of Liverpool forward Divock Origi, with suggestions in the media that he could leave on a permanent basis.
Four years have passed since a deal was agreed for Belgian wonderkid Divock Origi to join Liverpool from Lille – three years since he played in Red for the first time.
A first season full of promise and a great relationship with the boss led to Robert Lewandowski comparisons. It looked as though Divock could lead the line for years to come, but his season was cut short by an ankle injury following a horror tackle from Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby.
There were still flashes of brilliance but in a turbulent second season, his all-round game looked a shadow of what it was a year before.
With Dominic Solanke joining from Chelsea last summer, Klopp must have decided that Liverpool was not the best place for Origi to develop.
He was shipped out to Wolfsburg on loan where he had a pretty poor season, scoring 7 in all competitions (although the club was in a relegation battle, to be fair to him).
He has returned with a chance to work his way back into our plans for next season, but after a few lacklustre performances in the early pre-season games, there have been whispers that the once highly rated Belgian forward’s time could be up, with Newcastle United rumoured to be interested.
Should we hold onto him for squad depth, or is now the right time for Divock to move on?
I personally think he offers much more as a backup than Solanke, who found it seemingly impossible to hit the back of the net until the very last game of the season.
Danny Ings also looks likely to make a permanent switch, but with Rhian Brewster set to be given a chance in the first team and potential signing Nabil Fekir providing suitable backup anywhere across the front three, it could be a season of very limited chances for Origi.
I suppose whether we choose to keep him on the books depends on if he is happy to be third or fourth choice or if he would prefer regular game time at a smaller club.
It’ll hurt to hang my Origi shirt up for good, but I have a feeling it could be time to say goodbye.