Ian Wright has warned Liverpool against allowing Divock Origi to leave the club this summer.
Origi scored once again in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, but it looks likely that he will depart at the end of the season. Speaking to his podcast Wrighty’s House, Wright insisted that Liverpool will ‘lose’ if Origi leaves.
“If he goes, Liverpool lose,” said Wright. “People might think, “yeah he’s a substitute”, but Liverpool fans know, Klopp knows and the players know.
The pundit believes that although he doesn’t play regularly, Liverpool desperately need the option of bringing Origi on when things aren’t working.
“Even the players, there’s a certain time when you’re in and you think “I wish he would come on,”” he said. “I think if Liverpool got rid of Divock Origi now, they would get rid of a vital component when it’s not working for Firmino, Mane, Salah and Jota.
“If they get second halves like the first half (on Sunday), you need Divock Origi. Whatever you say about he could go elsewhere and play. He’s vital to them and it’s almost like he can feel and sense it, we’re coming into Origi territory at this stage of the season.”
There definitely is a heightened sense of destiny whenever Origi steps onto the pitch for Liverpool, especially as a substitute in a big game. But unfortunately, it looks like we’re into the last throes of his career on Merseyside.
Origi one step away from Milan
Origi’s story at Liverpool looks close to being completed. Reports have been flooding in for months that a deal to take him to AC Milan is all but done. The latest from Calciomercato.it is that total agreement is one step away.
Origi’s contract is coming to an end this summer. That means that the man who arrived for £10m in 2014 will leave Liverpool for nothing.
The goals and moments that he has provided the club with down the years is payment enough. Few players in Liverpool’s proud history can boast the amount of decisive contributions that Origi can.
Going out with a bang
Origi has rarely been a starter across his seven year stay at Anfield. He even left the club for Wolfsburg on-loan in 2017/18. He also came close to leaving permanently on numerous occasions – every summer it felt inevitable that he would be on his way out.
Thankfully, he stuck around. Sunday’s goal against Everton was his sixth derby goal. Only Steven Gerrard has more in the fixture since the Premier League began.
The Belgium international’s goal and all-round play at the weekend was a reminder of just what Liverpool will be missing next season. Hopefully Origi can send a few more of those reminders as The Reds chase three more trophies.
Liverpool have a Champions League semi-final, an FA Cup final and a title race as tight as they come to play out between now and June. As Wright says, this is the time when the number 27 comes alive – we’re getting into Origi territory.