Transfer update: Latest on Rice 'the new Henry' and Origi
Liverpool are happy to consider any type of deal for Divock Origi in the January transfer window, according to reports. The 25-year-old has rarely featured this season, playing just seven minutes in the Premier League, and has been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks.
Origi has seen his minutes limited by the arrivals of Takumi Minamino and Diogo Jota, who have been preferred by Jurgen Klopp as backup attacking options this season.
Reports on Wednesday suggested that the Belgian striker may be used as a bargaining tool in Liverpool’s attempts to bring Schalke defender Ozan Kabak to the club, with a swap deal being touted as a possible solution.
Other reports suggest Wolves want the 25-year-old to provide backup for their injured forward Raul Jimenez.
Origi cast doubt over his own future at the club earlier this week by deleting any mention of the Reds from his social media accounts.
It seems that his Liverpool career will come to an end sooner rather than later, with the Reds willing to consider any type of offer for his services next month, according to Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws.
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The report claims that the Reds are open to selling, loaning, or using Origi as a makeweight to secure a new arrival.
The forward wrote his name into Liverpool folklore as a result of his Champions League heroics during his side’s successful campaign two seasons ago.
He famously netted the fourth and decisive goal against Barcelona in their semi-final second leg encounter, converting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly-taken corner to complete a fantastic comeback after the Reds went 3-0 down in the first leg at the Nou Camp.
Origi also scored late on in the final, sealing a 2-0 win over Tottenham to secure Liverpool’s sixth European title.
Klopp confirmed earlier this month that Origi’s absence from the side this season is not a result of injury or concerns over fitness, with the reason being that he simply has not done enough to stake his claim for a regular spot.
“Divock is not injured,” Liverpool’s German boss revealed after the 4-0 win over Wolves.
“Obviously we don’t have a lot of players, but our offensive options are better than in other areas so I cannot just bring three strikers or whatever in the squad when all the things can happen all over the pitch.
“Div is in good shape but was not in the squad in the Premier League last time.”
The Reds will return to league action on Sunday as they welcome strugglers West Bromwich Albion, who are searching for their first win under new boss Sam Allardyce, to Anfield.
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