Divock Origi has suffered a setback with the Belgium National Team. It will surely mean the end of the Champions League hero at Liverpool.
Divock Origi is not in the Belgium squad for their upcoming international games. It’s a big setback for the striker, who has been a fairly consistent figure in the side.
He now faces an uphill battle if he wants to play at the Euros next summer – and that could mean the end of his time with Liverpool.
This isn’t exactly a surprise. In fact, the biggest surprise is that it’s taken this long for Origi to drop out of the squad. He’s only started 11 Premier League games over the last two years, for instance, scoring seven goals.
But his minutes have dropped even more this season. Origi hasn’t featured in the Premier League at all and 60 minutes in the Champions League is the only major football he’s played.
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Diogo Jota’s form makes it almost impossible for Origi to break into the squad, too. He’s behind Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for football. We can’t see him getting in ahead of them anytime soon. In fact, Xherdan Shaqiri appears to be ahead of him, as well.
Now, Origi apparently saw this all coming. Voetbal claimed recently that the player was looking to return to Belgium, potentially on loan but maybe permanently.
He wanted to do so to make sure he played for Belgium at the Euros. This is confirmation, then, that he must do something like that. If Origi wants an international career, he can’t stay at Liverpool.
He’s a hero, of course. His exploits in the Champions League mean Origi will be remembered forever at Anfield. But it’s increasingly clear that he simply doesn’t have a future at the club.