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147 games later: Final Divock Origi appearance is surely imminent

Divock Origi is surely on the brink of his final Liverpool appearance. The Belgian has featured in nearly 150 games for the the Reds.

We should see the final appearance at Liverpool for Divock Origi before long. The next month and a half, to be exact.

In truth, it will likely come sooner than that, given his role in the squad. Perhaps it’s as soon as Sunday.

Transfer time

Reports claim Liverpool are looking at selling Origi. The Athletic, to name one, say it’s on the table for around £20m and that Wolves have interest.

The Telegraph then say that Schalke are looking to secure Origi in a swap deal for Ozan Kabak.

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That’s two solid sources, both of whom suggest movement in January. And it does make sense.

If that £20m value is accurate, then Orig would need to have a fairly important role to convince Liverpool he’s worth keeping. You take £20m for a bit-part player every time.

And Origi is very much a bit-part player – if that. He’s played seven Premier League minutes this season. A further 192 have come in the Champions League but in heavily rotated teams.

In no way is Origi a first-XI player and he’s not really very close. Diogo Jota has usurped him as first-choice backup and Takumi Minamino’s goal against Crystal Palace won’t help him, either.

But this isn’t new. Origi has started just 11 Premier League matches in two and a half years. A wave of substitute appearances follows that but he’s still delivered just seven league goals in that time.

Again, if you can get £20m of value for that, you take it.

Farewell

So when could the farewell come? Soon, really.

It all depends how easy it is to secure that fee but with the way games are spaced out, Origi could wear Red for the final time on Sunday.

Liverpool face West Brom at home and with Newcastle United away just days later, they may rotate heavily. That usually means Origi.

At the very least, he could come off the bench. But that feels like the only reasonable time to play him.

Origi surely won’t face Southampton or Manchester United next month. Both are tough games that will demand first-choice players.

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Liverpool are unlikely to play him in the FA Cup, either, if Wolves want him.

The rest of the January games are spaced out reasonably well, leaving little reason to use Origi as a rotation option.

Thus we can’t really see beyond West Brom on Sunday. After 147 games for Liverpool, it could be 148 and done.

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