Divock Origi has decided that he would like to leave Liverpool this summer, according to Football Insider.
The 26-year-old has been on Liverpool’s books for nearly eight years now, having signed from Lille back in 2014 for a fee of £10m.
He has gone on to play 171 times for the club, scoring 40 goals, including the clincher in the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur. However, Origi has been limited to just 533 minutes of action so far this season, equating to less than six full games.
That figure could improve if he features in this evening’s FA Cup clash against Nottingham Forest, which wouldn’t be a surprise on the basis that the majority of his 2021/22 game-time has come in the domestic cups.
The report from Football Insider stated that Origi has communicated his desire to move on to the Anfield hierarchy, having apparently grown ‘tired’ of his lack of playing time at the club. A ‘recruitment source’ has told the publication that the Belgian’s mind is made up at this point.
While Transfermarkt state that the 26-year-old’s contract expires this summer, Football Insider claimed that it runs until the summer of 2024, with the option for a further year. That will at least give the Reds the opportunity to cash in when the next transfer window opens.
Given that he finds himself behind Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and January signing Luis Diaz in the pecking order, it’s no surprise that Origi wants to move on from Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp still thinks very highly of the 26-year-old, dubbing him a ‘monster’, but perhaps he might feel it is not right to stand in Origi’s way given the contribution he has made at Anfield.
He has scored or set up a goal every 66 minutes this season, underlining his ability, and there should be plenty of suitors. Indeed, Serie A leaders AC Milan are reportedly pushing to reach an agreement for a potential transfer for the Belgium international.
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