Any Divock Origi sale must point to Liverpool transfer


Any Divock Origi sale must point to Liverpool transfer

Liverpool simply must complete a transfer this month if they let Divock Origi leave the club. Reports indicate they’re open to a sale.

The Telegraph claims Liverpool could sell Divock Origi this month. Newcastle United hold interest and could offer the Reds’ their asking price – £7m.

That is, of course, a tiny fee. Especially for a player with a very good record and who has contributed heavily to a Champions League win. We can’t imagine you could find a player in his peak years as experienced and proven as Origi for £7m anywhere.

But there’s a reason for it. Origi is apparently on big wages, making any sale difficult. Liverpool would see extra value in getting his wages off the books, then, and are willing to accept a smaller fee as a result.

That’s all well and good, though we don’t think Liverpool can leave it there. They must make an incoming transfer if Origi leaves.

Liverpool must make incoming transfer after Divock Origi sale

Liverpool lack forwards. They especially lack forwards this month, though, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are at the Africa Cup of Nations. They return in February but they’ll almost certainly be exhausted – Liverpool can’t expect them to be raring to go.

Those two are part of Liverpool’s four stars up top. Along with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, the Reds rely on their quartet to deliver the goals.

Beyond them, is Origi and Takumi Minamino. Neither ever really play and there doesn’t appear to be much trust in them.

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But out of the two, Origi is unquestionably the best backup goalscorer. He’s shown that this season already and with star forwards missing, he’s the best chance at replacing their goals.

Selling him would leave a hole in the squad and it’s almost unfathomable that Liverpool would let him leave without some sort of replacement. Any sale, even for just £7m, must necessitate some kind of arrival or the Reds will be incredibly short.

With players out at the drop of a hat this season, that £7m isn’t worth anything like having Origi as an option.

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