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'He needs to leave': Ex-Red feels it's time for Liverpool to sell Divock Origi

Liverpool legend John Aldridge feels it’s time for Divock Origi to leave. The Belgian is struggling for games right now.

John Aldridge thinks Divock Origi needs to leave Liverpool. Though, the Belgian isn’t the only one the former Reds hitman questions.

“It could be a massive summer for the Reds and I still think there are valuable assets to help raise what is needed,” he wrote for the Liverpool Echo. “I look at Divock Origi and I think he needs to leave the club in my opinion now.

“He needs to go somewhere where he gets game-time, out on the pitch, because that hasn’t happened a lot for him this season.

“Takumi Minamino has question marks over his future and whether he can prosper in this Liverpool forward line, so that might be something Jurgen looks at as well.

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“Xherdan Shaqiri as a centre-forward? Not for me and I think he will want more games himself next season, so there are a lot of moving parts in this Liverpool attack.”

Divock Origi to leave?

Whether Liverpool have grand plans for a major signing or not, Origi, who signed in 2014, should still probably exit the club this summer. He just doesn’t get the games.

It’s April 27th and Origi has 182 Premier League minutes this season. A little more than two games, then.

That, unsurprisingly, has brought zero goals or assists. Origi has fared marginally better in the Champions League – one assist in 211 minutes – but it’s still not enough.

Now, of course, Origi can’t pick when he plays. But the truth is, he hasn’t really contributed anything since the 2019 Champions League final.

That game will forever make him an iconic figure at the club, let alone the Barcelona semi-final, but it’s time to move on.

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This comes at a time when Liverpool really are struggling for goals. Mohamed Salah is the only reliable scorer and the Reds need something new.

Origi, often the best option from the bench, can’t quite cut it at the top level. Or at least, can’t deliver what Liverpool require at a time when the Reds chase more goals in the squad.

Selling him on and using the funds to replace him is, in our mind, undoubtedly the best option. The best for Origi’s career and the best for the team.

Fortunately, that does seem to be the plan. The Daily Mail said earlier this year that Liverpool want to sell Origi and reinvest the funds.

Should that happen, we think it’s good news for everyone involved.

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