There’s a chance Divock Origi leaves Liverpool this week, according to reports. Here are a few ways the Reds could react to such a transfer.
Fotospor claims there’s a chance that Divock Origi leaves Liverpool for Fenerbahce this week. The Turkish transfer window remains open, after all, and the Reds could sell.
Now, we’d be genuinely shocked if Liverpool sanctioned that. It would leave them even lighter up top after Xherdan Shaqiri’s exit. But what if they do sell Origi?
Here are a few ways the Reds could react.
The thing about Origi is that he doesn’t actually fit what Liverpool want from a centre-forward. Rather than a striker to lead the line, the Reds thrive with a False 9 who can drop deep, link to the midfield and create space for others.
Roberto Firmino does that wonderfully but no one else really can. It’s why Liverpool trialled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain there in pre-season.
And that could be the answer. Take attacking midfielders and creative players to repurpose them as False 9s. Oxlade-Chamberlain is one option there, as is Takumi Minamino.
Drive forward with youth
Liverpool have some very exciting young attacking players on their books. Namely, they’ve got Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon.
It could be that Origi’s exit would allow for experimentation with them. We’re already seeing Elliott in midfield – why not as a False 9, too?
Or maybe we see Mohamed Salah play centrally more often and Gordon gets games on the right?
Jones is an interesting one, too, as he can naturally play from the left. Some tinkering – as he saw last season – can shift Liverpool into a 4-2-3-1 and change how the striker operates.
The versatile young creative players allow for that.
Do absolutely nothing
So there is the option to just ignore it. It could be that Liverpool don’t intend to play Origi anyway and that losing him means nothing. It’s not as though he’s been a regular over the last two years.
It would put a lot of pressure on Salah, Firmino, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane but Liverpool have a history of doing that. That does seem mad after the injury crisis in defence last season, though.
But if Liverpool aren’t going to use Origi – and they haven’t so far – then selling him might not mean anything. Carry on as is and back the forwards to stay consistent all season.
We wouldn’t really understand the risk but it’s a legitimate possibility.