Jurgen Klopp is keen on an Anfield return for Divock Origi this summer, providing more competition at the top end of the pitch, Anfield Edition understands.
Given Liverpool’s lack of depth in attacking positions, it’s hardly surprising that Klopp is eager to get the Belgian back amongst Liverpool’s ranks next season.
While Origi has struggled to make an impact at Wolfsburg, a role as backup striker is very much on the cards – with Liverpool competing on all fronts once again next season, having secured Champions League football with a 4-0 win over Brighton.
Klopp is open to the idea of having Origi as an option, as it was the player that forced a loan spell away from the club in the summer of last season.
At just 23 years of age, first-team experience is vital to the development of Origi’s career – this was something that wouldn’t have been on offer at Liverpool; sparking the move away.
Origi’s goal return during his time in Germany has been far from exceptional however, scoring just six goals in 31 appearances (22 starts), he has struggled to adapt to the Bundesliga.
That’s almost half the amount that Origi scored in his last English campaign (11 goals in 2016/17 season) where he was an impact sub and second fiddle to Firmino.
A lot of this hinges on other movements at the club currently, with Dom Solanke, Danny Ings and Rhian Brewster all in contention to leave the club this summer – whether on loan or a permanent basis.
Klopp is eager to bring Brewster into the first-team squad following his explosive impact at youth level – while Dom Solanke is unlikely to leave with the boss determined to continue his development at Liverpool.
Solanke scored his first professional goal against Brighton today in a 4-0 win – the strike was very similar to Origi’s against Southampton.
Should Brewster depart, Origi would be unlikely to leave, with a deal only sanctioned for a high price or if the player demands to be sold. Should the Belgian also move away, Liverpool would be forced to dip into the market for a striker – with many not sold on the idea of being a backup player given the notorious reputation of the role.
Origi as a backup is the ideal situation for Liverpool, as signing a decent backup could prove difficult given the inflationary prices of the modern market.
Another loan is not an option for Origi – the club either want him involved or moved on. What the outcome of this situation will be remains to be seen, but with the season drawing to a close – a big summer is ahead for Liverpool.