Aston Villa reporter Ashley Preece thinks Steven Gerrard may swoop for Liverpool forward Divock Origi in January.
The Lowdown: Origi’s Liverpool career
Would you take Origi at Villa?
Yes, get him in!
No, not needed!
The 31-cap Belgium international has made 167 appearances for the Reds, 10 of which have come this season. He’s netted 40 goals in total, with his most recent strikes earning Jurgen Klopp’s side wins at Wolves and AC Milan.
The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Villa Park last year, and Preece feels Johan Lange and co could be back in for Origi over the coming weeks.
The Latest: Preece’s comments
Preece ran a Q&A on Birmingham Live on Wednesday, answering all things Villa-related.
One of the questions was on Origi, with a fan asking Preece if Villa should launch a loan move for the forward in January.
Here’s what the journalist had to say in reply, seemingly backing Gerrard to look at a loan-to-buy deal for the ‘fabulous’ striker, should Keinan Davis depart in the New Year.
“It’s one that Premier League clubs – and Villa – will be closely monitoring given his recent form. Still just 26 and happy to play second fiddle but will no doubt back himself to become a regular starter away from Anfield. It all depends on what he does from now until January but I expect Origi to be available and, should Keinan Davis move out, Origi would make perfect sense. A fabulous finisher. Loan to buy sounds ideal, for me.”
The Verdict: Needed?
Gerrard’s main New Year priorities are thought to be a new centre-back and defensive midfielder.
Villa already have experienced forwards Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings on the books, so perhaps a move for Origi isn’t needed at this moment in time.
If Villa are to make an attacking addition, it could be wise to look at another marquee wide addition. That’s because Gerrard is thought to be open to moving on two senior wingers in January, whereas Leon Bailey is out injured one again.
It’ll be interesting to see if Villa move for Origi, though, especially after Preece’s latest claim.
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