Liverpool supporters are eagerly anticipating the return of the Premier League this weekend and their side’s clash with Southampton at Anfield after winning each of their last three games prior to the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s men eased past Huddersfield Town 3-0 before comfortably dispatching Maribor by the same scoreline a few days later, thus giving them plenty of confidence heading into their clash with struggling West Ham. And the Reds thumped the East London outfit 4-1 at the London Stadium, with Mohamed Salah inspiring them to victory with a brace, to move up to fifth place in the Premier League table, leapfrogging Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal after they lost 3-1 to league leaders Manchester City.
Subsequently, several of our resident Liverpudlians have been in fine voice in the Tavern this week, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Kicker (via Goal.com), which details some interesting comments regarding the future of striker Divock Origi, currently on loan at Wolfsburg.
The 22-year-old made the move to Anfield back in 2014 but was immediately loaned back to former club Lille for the 2014/15 campaign, before earning 33 appearances in all competitions the season after following the arrival of Klopp.
And with 11 goals in all competitions last term, the Belgium international looked set for a prominent role this time round, only to be shipped out on loan to Wolfsburg at the start of the campaign, for whom he has since proven his worth with four goals in just nine Bundesliga appearances.
And the club’s sporting director Olaf Rebbe admits that they will try to sign Origi permanently, saying: ‘It would be negligent of us not to try. [His bright start] makes it more difficult for us.
‘[We’re] proud that we were able to convince Divock to join. He feels good here, and we are working on everything else.’
These comments are sure to intrigue our resident Liverpool fans, many of whom may feel that the 22-year-old has a big role to play in the future for the future club, but whether that’s enough to convince them to keep hold of him remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Divock Origi did reasonably well for Liverpool when called upon last season, although was never likely to command regular first team football when everybody was fit.
As such, a loan move wasn’t a huge surprise this season, nor has been his ability to score goals for Wolfsburg with four in nine Bundesliga games for the club, form which has got the German outfit considering a permanent move for the forward.
And this could cause a slight problem for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp, as Origi clearly has the potential to become a key player for the Reds in years to come, but the player himself may feel that a permanent move away is in the best interests of his own career.
Thus, only time will tell what comes of this possible transfer deal.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!