Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol told ESPN FC that Divock Origi will be on his way out of the club after the Champions League final next month.
The 24-year-old has only scored six goals for the Reds this season but has a penchant for popping up with important strikes, including winners against Everton, Newcastle and Barcelona.
This tendency to score important goals has made him something of a cult hero with fans and it would be disappointing to see him sold this summer.
Nicol told ESPN: “He has to go. From a Liverpool point of view, they can’t let him go until they actually have a replacement because they’re pretty thin on the ground when it comes to front players or certainly front players with the quality that is needed.
“He will go, Liverpool will have been looking around and have some names.”
Despite Nicol’s comments, Goal’s Neil Jones reports that Origi will be offered a new contract even though he will attract interest from other sides this summer.
Even though he is not nearly as good as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, it’s always valuable to have players like Origi on the bench.
The former Lille forward is happy to sit on the bench and almost always makes a positive impact when he is introduced to games late on.
Selling Origi makes very little sense just as selling Shaqiri would be a mistake.