Liverpool in talks with Dortmund over Origi
Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Liverpool’s Divock Origi, according to Liverpool Echo, and the two clubs have opened discussions over a potential deal that would see the Belgian striker move to the Signal Iduna Park.
Liverpool would like to sell the striker permanently, but that seems difficult at this point with clubs apparently reluctant to accept paying the Reds’ asking price of £25million.
ESPN FC however, report that Dortmund are interested in taking the 23-year-old on an initial loan with a view to the deal becoming permanent.
Origi doesn’t seem to have a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for this season with Daniel Sturridge resurrected as a more than capable backup option for Roberto Firmino upfront, and a move away is probably in the best interest in both the club and the player.
Brendan Rodgers signed Origi from Lille in 2014 but a part of the deal was a loan back to the French club for a year. Upon his actual arrival in 2015, he competed for a spot in the team mostly with the likes of Christian Benteke and Danny Ings. He played a very big part in Liverpool’s run to the 2016 Europa League final as Klopp started his reign utilizing mostly the 4-2-3-1 formation.
However, with the incredibly successful transformation of Firmino to a centre-forward in 2016, Origi’s role was diminished to a backup option. Nevertheless, he performed it well, scoring nine goals, some vital ones among them. He went on loan to Wolfsburg for 2017/18 and endured a disappointing campaign there. Upon returning to Anfield this summer, it’s fair to say he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory during pre-season with Sturridge outshining him in every aspect of the game.
Still a promising young player, he needs to play to develop further, and as a striker supported by the likes of Mario Götze, Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic, he might yet have a bright future.
All sides hope an agreement will be reached before the transfer window closes in Europe, on August 31.