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Report: Liverpool make late transfer decision on Divock Origi

Liverpool will not be allowing Divock Origi to leave the club this month, according to reports. His once reported departure is now ‘highly unlikely’ and Jurgen Klopp remains keen on keeping him.

This comes from Sky Sports. They claim that Liverpool have made a late u-turn on the Belgian striker and are now intent on keeping him for the second half of the season.

The Athletic claimed earlier this month that Liverpool would not stand in his way if a suitable offer was made in January. The Mail reported that Origi was valued at around £20 million.

Origi has been a periphial figure at Anfield this season, of course. He has a poor return of just three Premier League appearances, for instance – all from the bench.

In fact, those few outings have amounted to just eight minutes worth of action this term.

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Despite his limited involvement in 2020/21 it is perhaps unfair to judge Origi on what he has done this season. Instead, it’s best to look what he still represents to Liverpool – insurance during an injury crisis.

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Origi is a proven goalscorer, after all, at a time where players are dropping like flies. That makes him extremely valuable to Liverpool at present.

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Also, with the FA Cup on the horizon, Origi has the opportunity to become one of Liverpool’s leading senior figures in the world’s oldest cup competition.

So all together, it makes sense why Klopp might want Origi to stay. His value to Liverpool will always remain high given his goalscoring heroics in the past few seasons.

He is a senior figure who is respected by Klopp, too. Origi has already captained the team this season, during the 7-2 victory against Lincoln City in the League Cup.

During a period where Liverpool are struggling to find the back of the net, Origi represents a viable last-resort option when Klopp needs it. Letting him leaving during such a time just doesn’t make sense.

Let’s hope this latest reports means we haven’t seen the last of Origi’s goalscoring exploits under the lights at Anfield.

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