Divock Origi was absent for the Premier League match against Arsenal and the Belgian could be absent again on Wednesday evening.
After I said that Jurgen Klopp would be delighted with Roberto Martinez saying Origi was fit to face the Gunners, the striker was then absent from the Premier League matchday to face the Gunners.
Liverpool won 4-0 without him, so his absence went under the radar but now, with a start against possible for Origi, he might not be available due to COVID-19.
Belgium’s international squad experienced something of a COVID breakout and Kevin De Bruyne was absent for Mancher City after a positive test, while Thorgan Hazard and Koen Casteels were absent for Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg respectively.
This comes from Tuesday’s edition of HLN which has been relayed by Sport Witness. Origi trained at Kirkby Training Centre on Friday the 18th but has not been pictured in training since nor was he at Anfield.
If he has tested positive, there is the possibility for further COVID tests for Liverpool players but there’s no point jumping the gun just yet and with Jurgen Klopp and one member of his squad set for a pre-match press conference this afternoon, patience is key.
Origi has an important role to play for Liverpool this season as I wrote on Monday. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are expected at AFCON in the New Year and so Origi, Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota will be needed in their best form while their teammates are gone.
Newcastle United reportedly want the Belgian on loan, but it’s difficult to imagine Liverpool releasing a forward when they are so short on attacking depth in a season when their two best forwards, the top goal-scorers in the Premier League, could be missing for a month.
Liverpool signed Origi for £10m in 2014 and he has not always shone for the Reds. But he has a clinical strike rate this season, scoring or assisting every 54 minutes and he has contributed in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and the Champions League.