Liverpool have swept the floor in terms of club honours in the past couple of years. The Reds have conquered the world and have simultaneously built the club’s strongest squad in living memory. As a result, a number of previously key personnel have been frozen out. One man who has been getting less game time than most could be on his way out. Reports from Italy have claimed Divock Origi could replace Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid.
Undisputed Anfield hero
When Liverpool signed Origi for a bargain £10 million [BBC] in 2014, few could’ve perceived the incredible influence he would have on the club.
The Belgian striker’s career has been a rollercoaster, to say the least. He was loaned back to Lille when he first signed before a spell at Wolfsburg followed suit.
His Liverpool prospects appeared to be at an all-time low before he miraculous slammed home the winning goal during the Merseyside derby win in December 2019.
His heroics against Everton, were followed up with important goals against Barcelona and Tottenham en route to Champions League glory that same season.
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Origi is a club legend now, after all. He has earned the right to choose how and when he eventually wants to leave the club.
Atletico Madrid want Origi
According to reports, Origi has been identified as a potential replacement for Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid.
Such claims come from Sport Witness, who cite Italian journalist Ciro Venerato as telling Radio Kiss Kiss that the Reds frontman is on the La Liga leaders’ radar.
What RTK has to say
Let’s look at the facts. Origi is 25 and his peak is duly upon him. His contract at Liverpool is due to last until 2024 – he will be more than past his best after that expires.
At present, he is sixth choice in Jurgen Klopp’s attacking pecking order at Liverpool and that means he’s a rotation option. A player who has scored goals to win the Champions League will certainly have higher aspirations.
That won’t get him back in the Belgium team, after all. He is unlikely to replicate his 2019 heroics so a move away from Anfield seems the best possibility.
One thing is for sure, Origi certainly has a big decision ahead of him. Where he chooses to spend the prime years of his career shouldn’t be taken lightly. If he gets it wrong, it will have a devastating impact on his career.