Divock Origi has a big decision to make. The Belgian must choose whether he is to fight for his position at Liverpool or to take on a new challenge.
What remains certain, if he chooses to leave, is how he will be regarded amongst supporters. There is no doubt that Origi can reflect on his career with pride. Having signed back in 2014 for a bargain £10 million, he has won almost everything there is to win in club football.
The Champions League triumph in 2019 was largely part thanks to Origi, and Liverpool fans will never forget that.
Origi has a tough choice ahead of him. He can stay at Liverpool if he wants to – he has more than earned that right. The former Genk star signed a long-term contract back in July 2019, after-all. It’s due to last until 2024.
But does this suit Origi’s immediate needs? He has fallen increasingly further down the pecking order since penning that deal 18 months ago. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino are all ahead of him, though.
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With Euro 2021 on the horizon, Origi cannot afford to settle for a role as Liverpool’s sixth choice attacker. His heroics in 2019 feel like a distant memory.
There is an alternate option for Origi, however. Corriere dello Sport claims that Origi could move on in January, be it on loan or permanently. Schalke are reportedly among the interested parties.
The German giants are currently bottom of the Bundesliga, without a win and are in dire need of some attacking impetus. The club’s top-scorer, Mark Uth has clocked up just two league goals this season.
Despite their on-field struggles, this could appeal to Origi. His arrival on loan could see him become the main man once again.
After all, he wouldn’t be the first Premier League star this month to join the club on loan. Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has agreed to join until the end of the season, as per Sky Sports and Fabrizio Romano.
For Origi, this could be a win-win situation. If he joins and performs well his value will increase ahead of the summer window. If he is to underperform he always has the option of falling back on Liverpool – he is considered a club legend there, after all.
By taking another loan, he could rediscover his goalscoring prowess ahead of the prime years of his career. This would benefit Liverpool in the long-term given they could look to sell next summer.
His resolve will certainly be tested in the coming weeks. Either way, Origi has certainly done enough to warrant the blessing from supporters in whatever he chooses to do with his future.