Divock Origi is in contention to start for Liverpool against the team that reportedly tried to sign him last summer.
Origi, 25, was extensively linked with a move to Aston Villa having become a peripheral figure under Jurgen Klopp in recent months. A fee of £14 million was being mooted for the Belgian striker, as per The Birmingham Mail.
Having clocked up just seven minutes of Premier League action since November, Origi is a player in desperate need of game-time.
Origi is running out of time
He hasn’t started for Liverpool since the 1-1 draw in Denmark against FC Midtjylland last month. On that particular occasion, Origi failed to seize his chance. He managed just 23 touches on the night – the lowest return of any starting player on the pitch.
As a result, Origi has effectively become Liverpool’s sixth choice attacker. Both Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino are now ahead of the former Genk striker in Klopp’s pecking order.
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He has infrequently struggled to even make the bench this season. As a result, he hasn’t scored in the Premier League or Champions League since the final day of last season.
Prior to this, he has started just four of Liverpool’s 26 matches this term. Jota and Minamino’s recent arrivals have reduced the need for Origi to be involved. However, the former of which is still currently nursing a knee injury.
The FA Cup at present, represents Origi’s best source of game-time, unless he is to secure a move away from the club this month.
If Liverpool progress to the fourth-round and are handed a soft tie, he may get another opportunity to showcase his quality. If not, he will undoubtedly struggle for further appearances.
Liverpool are expected to heavily rotate tonight ahead of their eagerly anticipated clash against Manchester United next week. This is exactly the kind of fixture where Origi becomes useful.