Liverpool face a decision over Divock Origi that could swing millions of pounds in either direction. The Belgian looks likely to leave this summer.
Liverpool will want millions for Divock Origi. We know that much – he’s 25 and experienced at the top level. Those players shouldn’t go cheap.
But just how much will they want? Well, the Daily Mail claims the Reds are ‘inviting offers’ with a view to reinvest funds this summer. That gives us an idea – they want a fairly substantial amount.
Getting that amount is fairly tough, however. Origi hasn’t played consistently good football for nearly two years, now.
How, then, do Liverpool obtain a considerable amount of money for a player like that? When everyone is fit, we don’t expect him to really play.
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And there’s where Liverpool’s decision comes in – do they put Origi in the shop window?
Two types of club will come in for Origi. Those who, like Liverpool, want him on their bench as an option.
Then there will be smaller clubs who want him for the first-team. Neither guarantees a lot of money, though.
The bigger clubs won’t want to spend big on a bench option. The smaller clubs won’t have much money.
Liverpool have to entice as many clubs as possible, then. Driving a bidding war is the only way we see the Reds securing a decent price for Origi.
But that strategy is far from flawless. Firstly, Origi hasn’t played well when he’s got action this season.
Liverpool are running a risk using him with any regularity, then, especially with better options available up top. And if Origi does have a series of poor performances, it might actually drive his price down.
We still don’t see a way around it. In times of financial struggles, Liverpool have got to entice teams as best they can and playing Origi is the only way of doing that.
Get it right, and they secure millions more when selling this summer.