Origi Out, Jović In?
The turn of the year is approaching fast and with it comes the January transfer window. So, naturally, we’ll now be seeing an increase in transfer rumours.
Origi to Galatasaray?
Divock Origi had a fantastic run of form during Klopp’s first season, and was the German’s first-choice striker for a while. Additionally, his impact in the 2015/16 run to the Europa League final was undeniably huge.
However, his fortunes have faded significantly since then and having spent 2017/18 on loan at Wolfsburg; he’s yet to make a league appearance for the Reds this term. The 23-year-old Belgian striker has only played one game for the club’s U23 side and had an 11-minute cameo for the first team in their Champions League defeat to Red Star in Belgrade. He was close to a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer, but he rejected it in the end.
According to Dean Jones of the Bleacher Report, Turkish side Galatasaray have contacted Liverpool over the possibility of taking Origi on loan in January.
Galatasaray have made contact with Liverpool over a January loan for Divock Origi
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) November 19, 2018
Origi’s highly unlikely to displace Daniel Sturridge as backup striker, let alone any one of the usual front three, and with young Dominic Solanke present too, a move away would probably suit all parties. A loan particularly suits Liverpool too, as Sturridge’s contract runs out next summer and it remains to be seen if both he and the club will be interested in extending it.
Of course, there’s always a possibility of signing a new attacking player altogether.
Luka Jović, anyone?
Currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Benfica, the Serbian striker has been on fire this season, netting 11 goals in 13 games in all competitions for the German club. Such good form has, naturally, sparked links with top clubs around Europe, and now Bild are reporting that Klopp’s interested in securing his services for Liverpool.
Jović played for Red Star Belgrade over three seasons and signed for Benfica halfway through the 2015/16 campaign. However, he mostly played for the Portuguese club’s ‘B Side’, before heading to Frankfurt in 2017 on a two-season loan.
It’s difficult to judge the accuracy of reports such as this one, but if both Sturridge and Origi are indeed leaving the club soon, signing Jović to fill the gap might be a wise move.