Liverpool journalist James Pearce has provided his take on the future of Divock Origi at the club.
The Belgian forward has firmly cemented his place in Liverpool folklore for his exploits over the past few years, particularly for his role in helping them win the Champions League in 2019 with goals in both the semi-final and final of the competition. But when it comes to his future, things aren’t so assured.
Not only does he have to compete with the incredible front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, but with the emergence of Diogo Jota, who was on the scoresheet for Liverpool at the weekend whilst Origi wasn’t even on the bench, competition for places is going to be all the harder.
It is possible that he was missing due to the ‘minor injury’ that kept him out of part of pre-season, but with some transfer speculation also circling around him, that may have played a part in it, too.
However, speaking about his future on The Red Agenda podcast, Pearce claimed that there were no immediate signs to suggest that he was going to be making a move away this summer:
“I think there’s just too much up in the air in terms of outgoings at the moment, and certainly with Origi, there’s been no noises from his camp that he’s looking to kind of agitate for a move or anything like that.
“And of course, contracts work both ways, don’t they? So you have to respect that, if he ends up saying that he does want to stay and fight for his place.”
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Does Origi have a future at Liverpool?
Origi’s future certainly doesn’t look great, with his drop from 42 appearances in 2019/20 to just 17 in 2020/21 a big indicator that Jürgen Klopp might not hold him in the same esteem as he once did, but his goal record for Liverpool suggests that there is potential for someone to make use out of him, with age also on his side at only 26.
But if he wants to fight for his place and try to make something of himself, even if it is in cameo appearances in various cup competitions once every few weeks, then all credit to him for not giving up when it comes to playing for Liverpool.
As long as he doesn’t take action to the levels that Winston Bogarde went through during his time at Chelsea and actually puts up a proper fight for his place, then that’s really all that you could ask from him.
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