Respected Liverpool journalist James Pearce has given the latest update on the status of outcast striker Divock Origi, claiming that the club will “demand a fee in excess of £20m” for his transfer in January, according to a report from the Liverpool Echo published earlier today.
Origi, who is yet to even feature in a matchday squad this season, is viewed as surplus to requirements at Anfield and Klopp is now prepared to sell the Belgian if a suitable offer comes in.
Wolves were reported to have agreed a £22m deal with Liverpool last season for the transfer of the 23-year-old, but with Origi not keen on the move, he instead decided to stay put and fight for his place.
However, now arguably fourth in the pecking order at the club, it seems likely that Origi may be more interested in a move away in January, with Wolves apparently set to return for the striker.
Origi could also be the first player since Gary Ablett back in 1992 to switch from the red to the blue side of Merseyside, with Everton apparently interested in the player, but they are yet to make contact over a move.
It was expected that Origi would revitalise his career at Liverpool after a loan spell at Wolfsburg last season, but the move was mainly fruitless, with the striker only managing 6 goals in 31 appearances.
It is a far cry from the 19-year-old who lit up the 2014 World Cup for Belgium and the striker who seemed destined for big things at Anfield during Klopp’s debut season, with the striker playing a key role in the club’s run to the Europa League final.
Divock Origi: Of the 46 players to score more than 5 goals, only Lars Stindl (8.5%) had a worse conversion rate than Origi (9.7%) in the Bundesliga last season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 23, 2018
There has been talk of a loan move, with Borussia Dortmund making an official offer in the summer and Galatasaray being linked now, but Klopp is apparently only willing to sanction a permanent deal.
Origi’s contract is set to expire in 2020, but it seems unlikely that his long-term future will be at Liverpool.