Reports once again link Divock Origi with a Liverpool departure. Should the Reds move him on, it would surely signal the end of this injury crisis.
Origi hasn’t played a key role this season – far from it, in fact. The Belgian hasn’t started a Premier League game and has amassed around 15 minutes of playing time in the league.
When he has started – in the Champions League – Origi has looked ineffectual. That was also the case last season, of course, but Diogo Jota’s incredible form puts his teammate in a poor light.
No wonder, then, that Liverpool reportedly want to move him on.
The latest report comes from Corriere Dello Sport. They say that Internazionale want Origi as backup for Romelu Lukaku.
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In fact, they go as far as saying that Origi ‘will leave Liverpool this winter’ – be that to Serie A or not. They even talk of a potential loan deal.
Now, for the quality of Liverpool’s squad, losing Origi doesn’t mean much. As we say, he barely plays.
But it would take away a squad member during an injury crisis. Being open to a loan, then, suggests Liverpool have confidence that they’re over the hump.
Liverpool have been without virtually every player at one stage or another. They’ve called on youngsters for games, while some squad players have featured regularly.
Having those options is important as the Reds handle an injury crisis. But if they really are okay with letting Origi go – with no suggestion of a replacement – then they must be sure that the crisis is done.
It very well might be. Thiago, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are back in training, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played against West Brom, Diogo Jota should be back next month.
That’s most of the squad, then, other than centre-half. Not that Origi can really help there, of course.
A loan deal would be a particularly strong sign, too. It suggests Liverpool aren’t moving him on for financial reasons but because they don’t need him.
And the only reason they would need the 25-year-old right now is to cover for injuries. Thus any Origi departure really would be a sign that Liverpool are about to be back at their strongest.