Liverpool are open to the possibility of selling Divock Origi, according to reports. The Belgian striker has desperately been struggling for game-time in recent weeks, after all.
This comes directly from The Athletic. They claim that Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers for the 25-year-old striker but are happy to keep him until the end of the season.
Given Origi’s Liverpool future is currently under much uncertainty, it would seem a natural replacement could soon be the club’s next cause of action.
With that said, we have conjured up two potential successors to the Anfield icon.
22-year-old Patson Daka has been one of the breakthrough talents in European football over the past 12 months.
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The RB Salzburg has been raking the goals in of late for his club side in the Austrian top-flight. He has a whopping 15 goals in 17 appearances this term, after all.
Liverpool fans will remember the 18-time Zambia international following the pre-season friendly with Salzburg back in September.
Daka scored twice that particular afternoon during a well-contested 2-2 draw in Austria.
Last season, Daka clocked up a stunning 27 goals and 12 assists having taken up the goalscoring mantle from Erling Haaland at the beginning of 2020.
Daka could be made available at a moderate price, too, according to reports. The Sunday Mirror claim Salzburg value the striker at a bargain £25 million.
Given his goalscoring pedigree and relatively young age, this has the potential to be a financial masterstroke should Liverpool move for Daka.
Liverpool could even consider a straight swap with Origi given Salzburg will require a ready-made attacking replacement.
At 22, Daka could be a 10 to 15-year investment from Liverpool’s behalf. At just £25m, it would come at relatively low risk.
Liverpool’s other potential attacking option to combat the Origi conundrum represents an internal solution from the Reds’ behalf.
The player in question is 23-year-old striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
Awoniyi, a FIFA U17 World Cup winner in 2013, is currently enjoying a successful loan spell with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.
The Liverpool loanee currently has five goals and two assists in his previous eight matches.
As such, Awoniyi’s recent form has had a direct effect on Union Berlin’s fine form in 2020/21. The German outfit sit fifth in the Bundesliga standings, after all, just three points off Borussia Dortmund.
His sustained brilliance in recent weeks has proven timely given the noticeable struggles to Origi. At 23, Awoniyi has time on his side to be considered a long-term replacement to the Belgian sensation.
Indeed, it is a big void to fill but Awoniyi deserves his chance to stake his claim at Liverpool. He has been with the club since 2015, after all.
With that said, Liverpool typically prefer to fill existing vacancies at the club with viable internal solutions. The current centre-back predicament proves as such.
In Awoniyi, Liverpool have the potential to uncover a potential goalscorer for years to come. Given the age of the club’s pedigreed front-three, Klopp won’t want to pass up a younger viable attacking alternative too hastily.