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Liverpool Could Allow This Talented Striker To Leave In January: Should Klopp Cash In On Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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The Daily Express has recently mentioned that Liverpool could allow Divock Origi to leave in January following his underwhelming performance against Atalanta on Wednesday night. It is understood that the Reds could sanction the departure of the Belgian striker along with Xherdan Shaqiri so that they can fund a move for a new centre-back during the winter transfer period (via The Daily Express).

Origi’s Stagnant Career At Merseyside

Origi has endured a frustrating start to this campaign as he has struggled to get enough game time under Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship over the past couple of months. He has featured in five matches for the Merseyside outfit in the last term, registering one goal and one assist in all competitions.

The Belgian international has played a sporadic role for the Reds in recent years but has produced some memorable displays for them as an impact substitute. Origi is currently under contract at Anfield until the summer of 2024, so he will be under no pressure to leave unless he is eyeing a more prominent role in the future.

At the moment, the 25-year-old is going through the prime years of his football career and could be good enough to earn regular starts for another top-flight club in Europe. Hence, he could be tempted if presented with an opportunity to earn game time away from Anfield in the coming seasons.

Liverpool could allow Divock Origi to leave in January (Origi is seen in the picture)
Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

What Does The Belgian Marksman Bring To The Table?

Origi has decent pace in his locker and can run the channels well using his strong frame to shield the ball away from the opposition. He is a potent goal-threat in the final third as he tends to get himself into some promising areas and is usually a composed finisher in front of the opponent’s goal.

However, the lack of game time has sometimes drained his momentum, which could be why he has struggled to find consistency for the Merseyside giants in recent seasons. Either way, one should not undermine his impact at Liverpool based on all the trophies he has won under Klopp. Origi is also highly versatile as he can operate anywhere across the frontline. He is primarily a centre-forward but has proven himself useful as a left-sided winger as well.

Should The Reds Cash In On Origi In January?

If Klopp needs to raise funds to bring in a quality defender, then maybe he should entertain offers for the 29-time Belgian international. Otherwise, the German head coach would be better off keeping him at Anfield for the time being as he can still prove himself to be a valuable contributor off the bench. The added depth in attack will help Klopp’s side compete for multiple trophies in the years to come.

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