Liverpool supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team record a remarkable 3-0 success over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men eased past Portuguese giants Porto in the previous round to reach the last eight for the first time since 2009, and they have no intentions of ending their fine run just yet after a sensational performance at Anfield on Wednesday night. First half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sadio Mane secured an emphatic victory for the Merseyside giants, thus setting them up perfectly for their trip to the Etihad Stadium in the return leg on Tuesday.
Subsequently, there have been many thrilled and buoyant Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about possible Champions League success this term, what with their side 90 minutes away from knocking one of the favourites out of the competition.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Wolfsburg will not look to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi on a permanent deal this summer.
Nonetheless, the Merseysiders simply must seek to cash in on the £9 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, as it’s clear that the Reds have moved on since his departure on loan back in the summer.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old performed solidly when called upon for Klopp’s side last season, bagging 11 goals in all competitions to help the Reds seal a top four finish in the Premier League, and thus a return to the Champions League.
However, it was never likely that the Belgium international would command regular football at Anfield this term, and while he made a fine start to life on loan at Wolfsburg in netting four goals in his first nine games, it appears that Liverpool have been vindicated in their decision to let him leave.
Significantly though, it’s difficult to see how Origi would fit into this Liverpool team now, such has been the incredible form showed by the likes of Salah, Mane, and Roberto Firmino this season.
Yes, there maybe isn’t a huge amount of strength in depth in the striking ranks, but with the Reds eyeing major honours both domestically and in Europe in years to come under Klopp, Origi simply hasn’t shown enough yet to suggest that he is someone they can call upon on the big stages.
And while Wolfsburg aren’t keen on making the 22-year-old’s loan move permanent this summer, hardly surprising given he’s scored just once since November, the Merseysiders must still seek to cash in on the former Lille star during the close season.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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