According to a report from The Liverpool Echo, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will give striker Divock Origi an opportunity to prove his worth during pre-season. The 23-year-old was shipped out on loan to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg last term given his lowly position in the Reds pecking order, and while there is no doubting that the forward deserves a chance, it’s difficult to see a future for him at Anfield.
Ultimately, the Belgium international, who missed out on selection for this summer’s World Cup, has shown glimpses of promise during his four-year stint at Liverpool so far, not least in the 2016/17 campaign in which he scored 11 goals and laid on four assists in all competitions to help Klopp’s side finish fourth in the Premier League.
And with ten goals in his first full season at the club the campaign before, it looked as though Origi was at Liverpool for the long-haul and could well be a huge asset to manager Klopp, but the acquisition of Mohamed Salah 12 months ago has plunged Origi’s long-term future into doubt.
Clearly, Salah forms alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane one of the best front lines in European football given they netted an extraordinary 91 goals between them last season.
But it’s not just the staggering amount of goals and assists they provide, it’s also how well they play together as an attacking unit – only somebody very special will be able to force their way into those three forward positions.
And while Origi has shown promise, it’s difficult to see how he can fit in either alongside these three or instead of one of them, thus leaving the Belgian ace with the prospect of a season on the Anfield substitute’s bench.
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And after a solid if unspectacular loan spell at Wolfsburg last time round, in which he scored seven goals in 36 games for the German outfit, he may feel that he is in need of regular first team football to continue his development, and thus fulfil his undoubted potential.
That doesn’t appear likely at Liverpool, even if they will again have the added pressure of Champions League football this season, which is why, despite being given the opportunity by Klopp to shine, it’s difficult to see a future for the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) at the Merseyside giants.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!