According to a report from Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool’s Divock Origi has become the subject of interest of Serie A side Lazio.

Origi, 25, has been identified as a potential replacement for Felipe Caicedo who could be sold in a big-money-move with Liverpool’s Belgian hero amongst Lazio’s shortlist of replacements.

Aston Villa striker Wesley has also been dubbed as a potential candidate following the Brazilian star’s inaugural campaign in England’s top-flight.

The Midland’s outfit themselves had also reportedly identified Origi as a potential option to lead the line at Villa Park according to Birmingham Live.

Divock Origi has struggled for goals.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Divock Origi of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa at Anfield on July 5, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA.Getty Images)

Going nowhere

Regardless of reports, Origi’s influence on Liverpool over the past two seasons has become too invaluable for the Reds to even consider listening to a potential transfer.

Despite being limited to just seven league starts during Liverpool’s procession to a 19th league title, Origi represents Jurgen Klopp’s most prolific and senior attacking option outside of the club’s pedigreed front-three which makes the notion of the forward leaving utterly ridiculous.

Liverpool are still yet to bolster their forward options in the transfer window significantly since the arrival of Mohamed Salah in 2017 and the club aren’t expected to make any big-money moves on attacking blockbuster additions due to the current financial uncertainty across the economy.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Ismaïla Sarr of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vicarage Road on January 01, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Options

Instead, Liverpool and Klopp will look to develop options internally with the likes of Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino expected to step up next season.

 

Because of this, Liverpool, therefore, cannot afford to lose any key squad members ahead of their title defence next season.

Ismaila Sarr has been touted (Express) as a potential attacking addition but any interest in the Watford forward hinders on whether Liverpool can make up the funds through potential outgoings such as Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

For Origi, additions such as Sarr could be beneficial as the Senegalese ace is utilised most efficiently on the left-side of the front-three which would allow Origi to be deployed in his preferred central role.

The reality is that Origi’s long-term prospects are best suited with Liverpool. He was able to clock up 42 appearances last season so off the evidence of the past 12 months, the next campaign will be just as proactive for Origi.

 

 

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