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Liverpool Centre-Forward Is On Inter Milan’s Radar: Should Klopp Cash In On Him This Summer?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato has revealed that Liverpool centre-forward Divock Origi is on Inter Milan’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window. It is understood that the Reds frontman is one of the names in Inter boss Antonio Conte’s transfer shortlist despite his underwhelming season at Anfield so far (via Calciomercato).

Origi’s Lacklustre Season At Anfield 

Origi has flattered to deceive with his performances for the Reds during this campaign as he has often found himself on Jurgen Klopp’s bench. The Belgian sensation has participated in 17 matches for the Merseyside giants this term, scoring just one goal and providing two assists in multiple competitions.

The 25-year-old has struggled to be consistent with his offensive contributions this season. Origi is averaging 0.7 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. However, he has interchanged possession with his teammates relatively well after making 79.7% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Origi is currently under contract with the Merseyside club until the summer of 2024, so the Reds have no immediate need to sell him unless they can bring in a new attacker this summer. However, if Inter Milan end up making a good offer for the Belgian striker, Jurgen Klopp should entertain the possibility of letting the player go in this off-season.

Liverpool centre-forward Origi is on Inter Milan's radar (Origi is seen in the picture)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Divock Origi of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on January 31, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media SPO, SOC, FOC PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xCraigxMercer/MBxMediax

What Does The Belgian Forward Offer On The Pitch?

Origi is proficient at making some direct runs with the ball in behind the opponent’s backline as he has the pace and power to get past his marker in the final third. When the Belgian international is playing with confidence, he can bang in some important goals for his team. However, he is far too inconsistent and has struggled to catch the eye with his performances off the bench for Liverpool this season.

Should The Reds Cash In On Origi This Summer?

Hence, it makes sense for Klopp to entertain any bids he receives for the player. Origi is currently not good enough to compete with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino for a regular spot in Liverpool’s starting XI. At 25, the 29-time Belgian international can benefit from a change of scenery so that he can ensure regular playing minutes and re-establish himself as a top striker in European football.

Thus, it is only fair to Origi if the Reds decide to part ways with him this summer. Furthermore, Klopp can use the money generated from his potential sale to strengthen their squad for the coming seasons.

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