Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp have five transfer solutions to their biggest problem this summer
Divock Origi finds itself in a special position.
The Belgian striker has been at Liverpool for six years at this point, but has never really stood out.
Yes, he has had his moments, especially in the run-up to winning the Champions League in 2019, but Origi has always felt like a peripheral player: someone you remember is at the club for a week, then think about it. way he’s still at Liverpool the following week.
Origi still has a year on his contract but it has long been believed that if the club received a sufficient offer for the 26-year-old he would be allowed to leave.
Liverpool are hoping to move Origi this summer as they need to raise the necessary capital to integrate players into the squad. They will also be wary of the lack of team spaces for non-local players. Still, with Origi barely present last season (just 17 appearances out of four competitions in 2020/21, scoring once), demand for the forward is hardly plentiful.
Where would he go?
The latest reports suggest that the wolves have presented themselves as a possible destination for Origi. The club would surely offer the striker the regular first-team football he didn’t get at Liverpool, although Raúl Jiménez’s long-awaited return blurs the issue.
Moreover, The Athletic reports that Liverpool are looking for a figure in the range of £ 15-20million for Origi, an ambitious sum that few clubs are likely to hit. This is all the more true as the player has only one year left to close his current deal, on top of his relative lack of football over the past year. Wolves, along with all the other suitors, would surely hesitate at the price.
Maybe a fee close to half of their expectations would be a better estimate.
Wolves would suit Origi well. They suffered in the second half of last season due to the very serious head injury suffered by Jimènez. The Mexican striker is slowly making his comeback and Origi’s signing would ease Jimenez’s burden of picking up where he left off before the injury.
Wolves scored just 36 league goals last season, the lowest total of any non-relegated team. Moving to Origi would help solve this problem.
Newcastle are another team who have been (tentatively) linked with a move for Origi, and are another team who need a reliable goalscorer. Callum Wilson scored 12 league goals last season for Steve Bruce’s side; their next best was Joelinton on six.
The Italian Napoli team are another team that was mentioned with interest, but given that they have Victor Osimhen, Dries Merterns and Andrea Petagna in their current squad, Origi would not be assured of first-team football in Naples and would likely end up in the same situation he is currently in Liverpool.
Southampton has been linked in the past with a move for Origi. Ralph Hassenhüttl’s side split the goals between their players last season, with Danny Ings scoring 12, Che Adams nine and James Ward-Prowse scoring eight. Origi could be a welcome addition to Hassenhüttl’s side, and could easily reach double digits if he started regularly. Even so, given the presence of Ings and Adams, it is far from certain.
So where should Origi go?
The best move for the 26-year-old is on the side which regularly offers him first-team football. Origi is approaching this stage in his career where he can no longer afford to sit idly by on the sidelines, hoping to make a few outings here and there.
Origi has a firm belief that he can step into Liverpool’s starting XI with more regularity and by all accounts he loves the city, but it is certain that a time comes when a player has to make a decision. difficult concerning his future: to play or not. to play.
A move to Napoli would be counterproductive, so the best option for Origi’s career is without a doubt a move to an inferior Premier League side, with Wolves and Newcastle ideal. For Liverpool, the best destination is the one we are willing to pay: Origi is currently posing a major transfer problem for Klopp.