Liverpool will let Divock Origi leave this month, according to reports. But the Reds will want a significant sum of money in return.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool won’t stand in Origi’s way if he wants to step away from the club this month.
But while they’re willing, they will want around £20m in return for the player. This won’t be a charitable move.
Origi has barely played this season, of course. He has a grand total of three Premier League appearances, for instance – all from the bench.
In fact, those substitute showings add to up just eight minutes of football. Just to really hammer home how little that is, we can put it into touches.
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Origi has touched the ball five times in the Premier League this season.
That led to three completed passes and zero shots. At what point is it a bit much that Liverpool want £20m for that?
Still, that’s apparently what they want. The Athletic said the same last month, suggesting this really is the asking-price for Origi.
But perhaps it’s unfair to look at Origi’s value in what he’s done this season. Instead, it likely about what the Belgian represents – insurance against an injury crisis.
Origi can cover two positions, after all, at a time when players are dropping like flies. Even if he’s not playing now, the fear is there that two forwards could be out for six weeks anytime now.
Such injuries would force Origi into the lineup and Liverpool may just value that at £20m. That’s probably what they’d have to pay to get a reliable replacement in, after all.
So all together, we might expect Origi to stay for the season. His value to Liverpool is higher than his value to other clubs.
The Reds need him as a last-resort backup when that last-resort feels very possible. Letting Origi leave is a risk they want compensation for.
Everyone else, though, will surely look at a five-touch season and baulk at the £20m price.