It’s still amazing to think that Liverpool’s sixth Champions League win can be boiled down to Divock Origi hitting the target on three occasions.
The Belgian striker was the unlikely hero in the now famous 4-0 win over Barcelona as the former Lille man hit a brace to send the Merseyside club into their second consecutive Champions League final, and yet there was more surprise when Origi scored the killer goal in the must-win finale against Premier League rivals Tottenham.
Origi has quickly gone from forgotten man to a club icon, the player who brought silverware back to Liverpool and the name that finally won Jurgen Klopp his first Champions League winner’s medal, but that doesn’t mean his future at the club is secured, far from it in fact.
According to Seville-based outlet Estadio Deportivo, Real Betis are interested in Origi this summer along with a whole host of La Liga sides as per the report, and although the Liverpool striker ended up being the hero for last season, it is a realistic shout to say he won’t be a first-team player for the 2019/20 campaign, and that a move away from Anfield might be the best course of action.
Looking at the numbers from Transfermarkt, out of the striker’s 22 games last season only six of them were starts, resulting in just 763 minutes of first-team football, and after a season where Origi’s reputation skyrocketed the former Lille man deserves a shot of regular first-team football, something he won’t get with Roberto Firmino way ahead of him in the pecking order.
Liverpool fans might not want to see their European hero depart, but for Origi’s future, we believe a move away from Anfield is the best thing he can do if he is to fulfil his once promising potential.
Liverpool fans, what should the club do with Origi this summer? Let us know!